And so begins the journey that writer/producer Barbera Muschietti and brother writer/director Andy Muschietti set into motion. Based on the short film by the same name, MAMA is one of the most well crafted suspenseful thrillers in recent memory.The story(also co-written by Neil Cross of the BBC’s LUTHER fame)is thrilling and fast paced ,giving the movie goer just enough time to catch their breath before the next jump out of your seat scene unravels.
Chastain and Waldau offer up great performances as the impromptu parents to these two children from the wild. There is always something creepy about children in these kind of thrillers.Megan Carpentier (Victoria), Isabelle Nelisse (Lily),and Morgan McGarry(Young Victoria) are no exception.They present believable performances that truly standout.
This film being somewhat the succubus of the eerie short film,MAMA is terrifyingly beautiful. Muschietti presents a satisfying companion piece to the original.
Even though this production is conjured up in the Muschietti’s proverbial sandbox,there is definitely evidence that del Toro brought his shovel and bucket to play with.
To finally showcase his/their horror sensibilities into a Hollywood, del Toro along with The Muschietti’s give the tale a bleak yet satisfying ending that may be commonplace in the independent film realm but welcoming and refreshing to a studio funded film.
’til next Cabrones!!!