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Mini Horror Reviews - Mama (2013)

Tue Oct 8, 2013, 4:26 AM

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It's October and the sacred 31 days of Halloween are upon us-time to get your gore on! The chill is in the air, the leaves are on the ground, and Halloween candy has been out since Labor Day. So while you’re waiting in the Starbucks line for an overpriced double pumpkin spice whatever, pass the time with this year’s scary movies reviews!

Mama (2013)

Review by Gypsycurse71

Overall Grade: B-

Depressed man offs his business partners and wife, kidnaps his two young daughters and crashes his car on the getaway. Stranded in a nearby cabin, Dad is brutally killed by an unseen entity. Fast-forward a few years and the now-feral girls are discovered and taken in by their uncle and his reluctant girlfriend (played by an almost unrecognizable Jessica Chastain). Of course the maternal ‘Mama’ entity that has been caring for them all these years comes with the deal... and she’s none too happy!

Overall, a haunting, dark fairy tale in the grand Guillermo Del Toro tradition. If I had to fault the filmmakers with anything it would be the corny CGI Mamaand a rip off of The Exorcist spider-walk scene but it’s still a spooky enough film that you won’t mind so much.

Review by rydi1689

Overall Grade: B+

I recently watched Mama and even though I was pleasantly surprised by some of the aspects of the movie, like Lily seemingly playing with her sister but actually playing with Mama, as well as the spooky flashbacks that could send shivers down your spine, I can honestly say that the scenes seem to follow a hit or miss pattern in which some of them are incredibly haunting and refreshing, while others become absolutely tedious due to the slow pace at which the story develops. However, what really enthralled me from this movie was its ending, I was yet I wasn’t expecting it, the way it all unfolded had me torn between how I wanted it to end, how I thought it would end and how it actually ended.

Mama manages to create an eerie feeling from the very beginning but it is the final resolution of the movie that crowns it.

Review by kingmancheng

Overall Grade: A

I am a huge fan of horror films, however I have to say over the years I've found it hard to find many horror films that I genuinely like. I think one of the current masters of horror though is definitely Guillermo del Toro. So when I heard he was producing Mama I couldn't contain my excitement. The story plot was fantastic, something that I think a lot of modern horrors seem to sacrifice for jump scares. It keeps you engaged throughout the movie and as you keep watching, unraveling past mysteries as we go along.

The only major problem I had with the film is the ending, I felt that was the only glaring weakness in the film, however I'm obviously not going to spoil that for you. I would definitely give this one another watch sometime in future!

Review by Cinestress

Overall Grade: B

Directed by Andrés Muschietti, the film does contain Guillermo del Toro's thumbprint, but it lacks the solidity of a del Toro film.  The atmosphere of the film is dark and beautifully adds to the creepiness.  The story is refreshing and a decent story is hardly seen in modern Western horror films.  However, the CGI takes away from the authenticity of the film and ruins the decent story.

Review by KovoWolf

Overall Grade: B

The movie starts out in complete chaos as a troubled father and husband kills off his wife and takes his two daughters on a high speed chase along a wintery road, where he ultimately crashes the car and ends up at an abandoned log cabin in the middle of the woods. He attempts to off his two daughters in this lone cabin but is quickly whisked away by a mysterious entity haunting the cabin. The story of this forlorn mother who lost her child after leaping off a cliff develops in the most eery way as she clings to these two children and refuses to let anyone take them from her. Bits and pieces of her past are brought to light with quick flashbacks which explains the attraction she had to the two children to begin with.

I find, however, that there wasn't much to her story save for the subtle hints that she wasn't a fit mother to care for her child due to mental illness?  And as a result her child was kept from her. Resulting in her stabbing a nun in the neck, stealing her own child and leaping off a cliff and killing the pair.

It's October and the sacred 31 days of Halloween are upon us-time to get your gore on! The chill is in the air, the leaves are on the ground, and Halloween candy has been out since Labor Day. So while you’re waiting in the Starbucks line for an overpriced double pumpkin spice whatever, pass the time with this year’s scary movies reviews!

Writers: *Gypsycurse71, ^rydi1689, ^kingmancheng, =Cinestress, ^KovoWolf
Designers: $marioluevanos

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conniiption Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student
Thanks for featuring!  <3
Grigori77 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Given that the latest horror crop seems to be dominated by home-invasion horror, zombies and Cabin In The Woods wannabes, it was nice to come across something so individual and unique.  The atmosphere is haunting and genuinely creepy, while there are moments that are quite beautiful in their eeriness.  And Mama herself is an impressively original and memorable creation, a skilfully executed combination of digital effects and a fantastically flexible piece of body-acting.
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013   Photographer
A nice horror film to watch. Has a few story elements which are pretty common but they're composed well enough to build a good horror upon.
The characters are a bit shallow... seems the authors had too much on their hands and characters became secondary.
Still, worth it for horror fans, imo. Just no sequel plz! :)
rydi1689 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uuh how strange I didn't receive a mention for this! I was wondering where these reviews were posted :la: Glad I could finally find them <33 Collaborating with the reviews was amazing and the journal layout is simply magnificient, makes it all twice as engaging and spooky :iconbravoplz:
ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To be serious, this octopus-monster in the last picture didn't scare me as the other pictures did, because it's too cute :D
AnimeART-by-Ari-a Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nope nope nope nope nope nope! O-O
jhuertajr Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for including my work in your article!
TheGurch Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
hey i love the way the art scrolls past..brilliantly effective. 
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is AWESOME!!
MARX77 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   Photographer
Excellent! :clap:
More please. 
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