Mama (2013)


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Summary: After their father dies, two young girls spend months living by themselves in an abandoned cabin in the woods.  When they are found, their uncle and his girl friend try to make a new life for them.  But it won’t be so easy, because a ghostly deranged dangerous dead woman wants to keep the children for herself.

Thoughts: Some of the horror elements comes across as silly and ridiculous, such as the girls crawling around on all fours like feral children.  The visuals of the ghostly Mama were certainly creepy, yet there was something Ghostbuster-ishly funny about them too, as if her character really wasn’t very sinister, just stupid and crazy.  I found myself laughing more than being scared.  The ending was a bit of a disappointment; it just didn’t seem to fit the rest of the story.  Overall, though, it was a fun movie; the story was engaging enough.  I’d be interested to see what the director does next.  Also, the film featured a fantastic music score.  I’d love to get my hands on the soundtrack at some point.  Soothing yet haunting melodies, a bit like the music of Pan’s Labyrinth.  Very beautiful.  Lastly, don’t go in the closet!  The closet!  The closet!  The closet!  CLOSET!!

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