Mama Sunday, 22 September 2019

Mama

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Horror themes, violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A helicopter parent becomes supernaturally possessive.

  • Starring:

    Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash, Javier Botet, Jane Moffat

  • Directed by:

    Andrés Muschietti

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicides, murders, workplace shooting, spousal murder mentioned. A gunshot is heard. A nuns is stabbed with a knitting needle (flashback). Necks are broken. A man holds a gun to his head. A gun is pointed at a child. People are attacked/grabbed from behind. A man falls down a stairwell. A woman jumps off a cliff with a baby and a child. Ghostly moans and groans, screeches, screams, shouting. Hitting, slapping. Dangerous driving, uncontrolled skidding, crash. Kidnapping. A child is physically restrained. Doors slam. Blood/gore: Bloody scratches on face, drops of blood on ground and clothing, bloody hands and arms, bloody baby, bleeding walls, bloody nose, blood on head. Boxes of human remains. Decaying corpses. Bruises. Biting. Breath/life-sucking. A dead brother appears in a dream.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple are seen kissing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer). An empty vial is seen (consumption of pills is implied).

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, a-words, religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Horror, suspense, supernatural, levitation, possession, kidnapping, fostering, abandonment, resolution, missing persons, murder, therianthropy, transmigration, custody, good/bad parenting, feral children, abuse, neglect, abnormal mental and physical development, repression, hypnosis, dissociative identity disorder, resurrection, dream visitation, haunting, ghosts, bonding, trust.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Extreme wintry setting. Isolated woodland setting. Courtroom setting. Mental asylum setting (flashback). Hospital setting. A man is seen in a coma. A man convulses. Moths. Rats. Dogs. Beetle. Shadowy figures, ghostly flashbacks. Frightening noises. A pregnancy test shows a negative result. A man urinates in the woods.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fantastic performances from Jessica Chastain and the creepy children. Good make-up and special effects. Fantastic use of light, dark and shadow. Slick and elegant. Genuinely spine-chilling in parts.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Formulaic. Not the most outstanding script. Creepy but not all that scary. PG-13 (USA) rating is highly questionable.

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