A girl wakes up her sister and tells her their mother has returned. So why are they panicking?
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Producer/s : Barbara Muschietti,
Director/s : Andy Muscietti,
Writer/s : Andy Muschietti,
Actor/s : Victoria Harris, Berta Ros
A girl, Victoria, sleeps, as a mysterious figure backs into her room, out of focus, and, um, carrying a doll. The figure trips comically, and it turns out it’s Lily, her sister, come to wake her up and tell her that they have to go. Mama has returned. Lily puts on a coat. Victoria picks up a goldfish bowl, and they venture downstairs.
Mama is a twisted skeletal creatures who pursues them screaming back upstairs.
It’s a single-shot piece, but the single shot includes lots of movement following the girls, whip-pans, focus shifts, accelerated frame-rate in the edit, and special effects (watch the way Mama’s hair and Victoria’s move). And creepy music that goes all Psycho. Del Toro was clearly impressed by the technique and control, with good reason, for it’s an object lesson in how to construct a horror scene.
Just don’t ask who Mama really is, why Lily locks Victoria out of their room, or what happened to the goldfish bowl.