In October horror fans were bombarded with horror movies and events. After followed the hustle and bustle of the holidays, with Jax horror fans attending Christmas horror events and tuning in to classics like "Christmas Evil." With "The Walking Dead" still in mid-season pause, with the exception of the closing episodes of "American Horror Story: Asylum," January has seen terribly little activity in the world of horror.
Well, horror fans won't have to wait much longer to get a new horror fix. "Mama" opens in theaters around Jacksonville tomorrow at midnight. Click here for showtimes. The film stars Jessica Chastain, who earlier this week won the Golden Globe for Best Actress for the bin Laden assassination picture "Zero Dark Thirty."
Andrés Muschietti based this first feature on his own same-titled hauntingly atmospheric Spanish-language short. Click here to watch. So impressed by Muschietti's short, Guillermo del Toro, renowned for his own films like "Hellboy" and "Pan's Labyrinth," executive produced "Mama."
In the movie, Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from "Game of Thrones") and his GF Annabel (Chastain) attempt to locate his nieces, who disappeared from their suburban home when their parents died. When Lucas and Annabel finally find the girls five years later in a decrepit cabin in the wilderness, they ponder how the young girls could have ever survived alone that long. And, after taking them into their home, they begin to wonder if the girls' strange behavior simply manifests the expected post-traumatic stress or if, possibly, an evil spirit has accompanied them.
The Jacksonville Horror Fans Meetup Group intends to find out at the bargain show Saturday morning at Tinseltown, 4535 Southside Boulevard, Jacksonville, where they will meet up at 11 a.m. Click here to join the group and attend this meetup.
Early reviews have been mixed garnering the film (as of today) 57% on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer. Muschietti collaborated with his sister Barbara on film, with Barbara serving as a co-producer and co-screenwriter. Click here to watch an interview with them in which they discuss expanding the short to a feature, Chastain's character, and more.