Mama is a 2013 supernatural horror film directed and co-written by Andy Muschietti in his directional debut and based on his 2008 Argentine short film Mamá. The film stars Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse as two young girls abandoned in a forest cabin, fostered by an unknown entity that they fondly call "Mama" (Javier Botet), which eventually follows them to their new suburban home led by two adults (Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, yep that's Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones) after their uncle retrieves them.
Famed director Del Toro puts his name to this film as it's been made on his label. And that's a real shame! Because despite all of the talent behind this film, it didn't really work out very well.
While Del Toro’s devotion to shepherding young filmmakers’ debut features is admirable, his stamp of approval as producer on a film, not unlike that of Quentin Tarantino, is by no means a guarantee of quality. Now with “Mama,” his brand as producer has become a little further watered down. Here’s hoping the next talent he discovers hits it out of the park.