- Cast: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Daniel Kash, Jane Moffat, Julia Chantrey, Isabelle Nélisse, Javier Botet, Morgan McGarry, Sydney Cross, Jayden Greig, Hannah Cheesman, Pamela Farrauto, Maya Dawe, Kevin Kirkham, Sierra Dawe, Tyler Curnew, Chrys Hobbs
- Director: Andres Muschietti
- Writers: Neil Cross, Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti
- Producers: J. Miles Dale, Barbara Muschietti
- Associate Producer: Cristina Lera
- Executive Producer: Guillermo del Toro
- Art Direction: Elis Lam
- Casting: Jen Rudin
- Costume Design: Luis Sequeira
- D.O.P.: Antonio Riestra
- Editor: Michele Conroy
- Makeups: David Martí, Montse Ribe
- Music: Fernando Velázquez
- Production Design: Anastasia Masaro
- Set Decoration: Patti Cuccia
Five years ago, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished from their suburban neighborhood without a trace. Since then, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.
As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all alone? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Toronto, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements
- Production Budget: $15 million
- Production Companies: Toma 78, De Milo
- Production Schedule: 3 October 2011 - 9 December 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: Guillermo del Toro produces this supernatural horror thriller which has the good fortune of starring Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Lawless") - the current favorite to take Best Actress at this year's Oscars. "Game of Thrones" hunk Nikolaj Coster-Waldau also stars in this English-language feature remake of Andres Muschietti's Spanish-language short film of the same name.
Two sisters vanish from a suburban neighborhood. Their Uncle Lucas (Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Chastain) madly search for them. Five years later the kids are found alive, but feral, and living in a decrepit cabin. As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did these girls survive those years all alone?
Shot in Toronto in late 2011, this is the third horror film to be released under the 'Guillermo del Toro Presents' label following the acclaimed "The Orphanage," and the modestly-received "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Like 'Dark,' del Toro is helping an acclaimed short filmmaker get into the feature business. Also, like that film, it deals with a woman who is reluctant to embrace motherhood and is forced to take responsibility for children. "Mama" is slated to open mid-January which has proven an excellent time for modestly budgeted horror films as, no matter what the reviews, they usually perform quite well.