Usually, the above is a warm, comforting phrase. Mama’s home. Mama is here. Shhhh, my baby, all is well, you’re safe now, Mamá won’t let anyone hurt her babies. Not in this case; in the context of this short scary-ass film (and the feature-length movie of the same name coming in late January 2013) it is NOT good news.
Not at all.
Well, according to Horror Boom’s year-end stats from WordPress, not only did this three-minute short feature get more hits than every other short horror film we featured combined, it even crept into the top five posts of 2012. So, we were psyched to see a HD version with a brand spankin’ new intro from Guillermo Del Toro. He explains how badly it frightened him and why he saw potential for a full-length movie …that would also scare the hell out of everyone. Since this writer first saw the trailer in Fall of 2012, I’m now able to watch trailers for the feature-length Mama (opening January 18, 2013) after dark …as long as I’m not feeling jittery in the first place.
Am I brave enough, though, to watch this short film after dark? Not really. No. This second version does have alternate footage, but it’s no less scary for the switch. Daytime, lights on, had to turn the sound down just to give to short film a watch and ensure it was the real thing before we posted this new version. You think something can’t be scary that is only three minutes long, with no blood and gore? Watch this, because you will find yourself mistaken.
Even if the movie is mediocre –which we seriously doubt; as a rule, these Spanish film-makers* know how to inspire nightmares above and beyond that of what most US film-makers are capable of– this short, written and directed by Andy Muschietti, is still actively terrifying. We’re now working up an entire piece on it, since as of this writing it may very well be the most anticipated horror film of Winter/Spring 2013. Right now, though, we just want to get the film with the new intro up. MUCH more coverage is coming soon, keep your eyeballs out for it right here on Horror Boom.
And you have been warned.
We recommend watching the earlier version here too – the ending is extended and different, and so is the lighting (also, no intro by Del Toro). I assume this is some specially restored, re-mastered version they put together to promote the feature film. They’re both scary as hell. They’re also both written and directed by the same team! We also strongly encourage you to check out both the first and the second theatrical trailers (there’s new footage) right on Horror Boom. We aim to please (and scare) our fellow horror fans! Happy New Year.
*if you’ve seen [REC], [REC] 2 , or The Orphanage, then we highly doubt you need much convincing about the previous statement.
- Guillermo del Toro Shows Off The Horror Short That Inspired MAMA (geektyrant.com)
- Four TV Spots for Guillermo del Toro’s Horror Film MAMA (geektyrant.com)
- Short Film Zone: “Dead Man’s Lake” – Short Horror Film (Bloody Cuts) (horrorboom.com)
- Spooky-Ass Second Theatrical Trailer For “Mama” (2013) With Extra Creepy New Footage Is Here – Scariest Trailer of The Month! (horrorboom.com)