Guillermo del Toro was blown away by the short film Mama and based on his reaction to the horror short, he came on board the feature-length film. Both movies are from filmmakers Andy and Barbara Muschietti, with the feature starring Jessica Chastain (who’s currently earning Oscar buzz for her work in Zero Dark Thirty) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (awesome in Game of Thrones).
The Plot of the Feature Film:
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.
Watch the short film:
Mama hits theaters on January 18, 2013.
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