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Universal Pictures, Toma 78 and De Milo present a PG-13, 100 minute, horror film, directed by Andres Muschietti, written by Muschietti, Neil Cross and Barbara Muschietti with a theater release date of January 18, 2013.


Jeffrey (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a father of two young daughters just killed two business partners and his wife.  He flees the family home leaving behind everything even their pet Dachshund but not young Victoria (Morgan McGarry) and her sister Lilly (Maya and Sierra Dawe).  Distraught and driving erratically through the snowy mountainside he skids off the roadway over an embankment upon which he takes the girls on foot through the woods.  Still unsure of his destination Jeffrey stumbles upon a cabin in search of warmth for him and the girls.  Once inside they soon discover that they are not alone.
Five years later, Jeffrey’s brother Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is still on the hunt for his brother and the girls that is until his hired scouts Burnsie (David Fox) and Ron (Dominic Cuzzocrea) along with their trusty Bloodhound stumble upon the crashed car and later the cabin but what they find inside is not two young girls but rather rats, opossum and that of two animalistic girls Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nelisse) that walk on all fours with swift speed and agility.
Brought back to civilization Dr. Dreyfuss (Daniel Kash) has taken an interest in their story and has convinced the courts to let Lucas and his rock band girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain) to take custody when appropriate for them to leave the hospital.  Of course one other member of the family is against Lucas raising the kids, Aunt Jean (Jane Moffat) and does everything in her power to convince the courts otherwise but not even Aunt Jean is enough force to be recognized with as is Mama (Javier Botet) the woman that died in 1878 and raised the girls in the cabin in the woods.  Mama who is only seen by the girls soon in a rage of jealousy lets nothing or no one stand in her way when it comes to the two girls.
The story has a few holes straight out of the box but at least is intriguing and scary enough to keep the story interesting.  There are the typical don’t open the closet and what’s under the bed statements that are cliché to so many horror films but they seem to work well with this story.  The method in which Mama travels from one destination to another is not so original but I must say the moths were a bit of a twist giving the possible answer to a few possible holes considering the fact that this woman was in search of her child.  Either way I enjoyed the film and the work the director does but as usual in the horror genre the writers seemed to lose their way in the end making some of the scenes wasteful to the story that is until the final ending which almost makes up for the earlier moments but not quite! 
The effects, sound, score and casting I thought was all well done overall.  I’ve become a big fan of Jessica Chastain and her body of work even if she takes a bit of a step back she once again proves she is a diverse actress able to give one hundred and ten percent in any role.  She is truly that good!  Coster-Waldau, Kash and Moffat all do justice to their characters as does the young girls McGarry and Dawe but it is Charpentier and Nelisse that really make this film worthy of the watch along with Chastain of course!  In the end there is a slight cliff hanger to contend with which certainly keeps the ghostly world open for the possibility of Mama’s return.  Slightly disappointed in the end but overall enjoyed, written and recommended for avid horror fans with two and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.

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Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...

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