Mama movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Mama is definitely a film with terrifying imagery that could give anyone nightmares, but this horror movie is fine for teens. You can expect very scary and creepy effects in this movie, but a bland story.


When a couple take in their two young nieces after the deaths of their parents, they begin to discover an evil spirit has followed the girls to their new home.

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Movie details

Director: Andy Muschietti
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash, Javier Botet
Writer: Neil Cross, Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti
Release Date (Australia): 14 March 2013
Runtime: 100 minutes/1h 40m
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, Spain, Mexico
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film contains moderate horror themes and supernatural themes, including several scary scenes that feature depictions of a supernatural creature.

Violence (M)

During a dream sequence, there is a depiction of a stabbing. There are also scenes featuring blood detail and a supernatural creature breaking a man’s neck.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains a use of “f**k” and infrequent use of words such as “s**t”, “ass”, “crap” and “hell”.

Sex (PG)

A man and a woman begin to undress each and kiss passionately before being interrupted.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Andy Muschietti’s creepy horror film masters in leaving us with nightmares with very freaky imagery and special effects, but the bland story doesn’t quite match. To describe it honestly and properly, Mama is just a casual supernatural horror film that sort of tries to do something unusual in the way of being emotional and psychological. The film features two young girls who are rescued from a dark cabin, but continue to be haunted by an evil presence.

The title to begin with is the kind of movie name that just makes you cringe, and definitely makes it clear that it’s a creepy kind of horror movie that’s going to be pretty average. And that’s correct, but it’s not an awful result. Mama is actually very freaky and at times effectively scary, with well-crafted and memorable images of a terrifying supernatural ‘creature’ that’ll leave young children with nightmares.

The real pity comes out of the film’s intended creepiness which is executed in success to what it was trying to be, but despite the watchable pace, this movie just doesn’t get the feeling right. It tries to be similar to a horrifying, but also just a tragic and sad theme. It just unfortunately doesn’t do well in that, which wastes the special effects. The performances are quite underwhelming and forgettable, and the story isn’t too fascinating.

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