Mama, now on DVD & Blu-RayFans of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth) will recognize his sensibilities all over Mama, the very effective paranormal thriller new this week to DVD and Blu-ray. Del Toro executive produced the movie, and clearly had some input on the film's dark and menacing vision.
The film opens with a distraught father, who has apparently just killed his wife, speeding off in a car with his two little girls. The car crashes and dad leads the kids to a creepy old cabin in the woods. Some unfortunate things happen to dad, then we flash forward five years.
The girls, now age nine and six, are finally discovered – still in the cabin and living like feral wolves. Actually, the way they skitter around on all fours suggests insects more than anything, and this is the first of the many, many disquieting images director Andrés Muschietti has in store.
The girls are eventually adopted by their uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Jaime Lannister for you Game of Thrones fans).Read More »from New on DVD and Blu-ray: The very scary ‘Mama’ explores the spectral side of maternal instinct