Guillermo Del Toro, the man who produced, directed and wrote 2006’s acclaimed Pan’s Labyrinth as well as producing Spanish mainstream horror film The Orphanage brings Mama to the big screen. I had the pleasure of seeing it on the big screen, but having re watched it after its recent DVD release I thought I’d knock up a little review.
Mama is a horror come thriller and on first viewing does exactly what you want from a horror film, it grips you, you want to know why the strange things are happening and you can’t help but be glued to the film.
Mama begins with a father who takes his two young children out into the woods only to die, leaving the children (of ages 3 & 6) abandoned in the woods. Months later they are found, and have gotten very creepy. The youngest is practically a wild animal and after weeks of therapy they are reunited with their fathers brother who takes them into his care.
A series of creepy events unfold and it becomes clear that there’s somebody else watching over the children, somebody called Mama.
But who is she? What is she? This is probably the more appropriate question!
Mama is a gripping film and definitely worth a watch, and luckily for our UK readers the film is currently on offer from Amazon UK.