The Editing Room Finally Takes On “Mama” – Read The Hilarious Abridged Script Now!

MEGAN CHARPENTER

I love you Jessica.

JESSICA CHASTAIN

Ohhhhh. Shit. You’re probably going to piss off Mama.

She DOES. MAMA pops around the house SCARING THE SHIT out of EVERYONE and briefly sucks the life out of JESSICA. JANE shows up at the house. It’s a VERY bad time.

Mama: The Abridged Script / The Editing Room.

 

This is especially good to read if you’ve made the mistake of reading about or watching a few too many Mama (2013) clips after dark and are kicking yourself because suddenly you’re not as sleepy as you were. Would have saved us some sleepless nights (just from watching the goddamned three+ minute short alone) if we’d gotten it sooner, but looks like writer Nicole wanted to wait till the DVD/Blu-ray came out. Click the big red link up top to check it out!

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New Image Gallery Of Gorgeous Jessica Chastain As Annabel In “Mama” (DVD/Blu-ray Release May 7th)

You should see our stats when it comes to “Jessica Chastain + Mama + Images” under the search terms that led readers here. Apparently there’s quite a bit of interest out there (understandably) for stills featuring her in Mama and we even got requests back in January when the movie opened. So, here’s a nice gallery of the stunning actress who plays rocker Annabel… and I hope she sings in that band her character plays in, because she has one HELL of a pair of lungs to scream with (see ‘featured’ photo above).

At at least one point in the movie– I think the scene involving Javier Botet as the soil-yourself-scary Mama showing up when quite possibly the biggest idiot in the movie decides to investigate the spooky, deserted, haunted cabin not only without electricity BUT CONTINUING WHEN HIS FLASHLIGHT DIES and all he can do to see what’s in the room is hit the flash — this here writer is pretty sure she screamed as loudly as Ms. Chastain did in the “what’s under the bed?” scene.*

If you want to see any of the images larger, just click on the shot to enlarge it. Enjoy!

We included a couple of behind-the-scenes shots, even a few from the deleted scenes that will be on the disc as extras. This is a bad week to have an entertainment budget of about $1.25…

Interested in what Annabelle’s main tattoo shows, and why the director picked it? We have a cool interview with Ms. Chastain about playing the role here. Here’s another one from Fangoria!

OK, she's kind of small in this shot. Wait, is that her or that family friend? Sorry.

OK, she’s kind of small in this shot. Wait, is that her or Dr. Dreyfuss? Sorry.

*come to think of it, I screamed pretty fucking loud at least twice during that bedroom scene. Poor Mr. Horror Boom.

Yo MAMA! Making Monsters with Mama Visual Effects Supervisor Aaron Weintraub (The Credits)

“Even for CG-heavy shots—like a crablike Mama walking up a wall and bending over backwards to reverse course and make a beeline at star Jessica Chastain—Weintraub and his team relied on Botet’s performance, shooting his upper and lower bodies separately and stitching together a composite image to make Mama’s ghostly spine bend at a right angle.”

Oh yes, I remember that shot! That’s right, it was in the last act of the movie! I wasn’t really aware of whether or not it looked CG or practical, as I was too busy screaming at the time. I admit a couple of shots in the last ten minutes or so looked a little too CG-ish, though it wasn’t the hair floating as if Mama was underwater (loved the back story explaining why) but a couple too-clear shots of her eyes. No matter, the other scenes and scares were so visceral and terrifying I’ll let a couple shots that appeared a little digital-heavy slide. Plus, anything that made me scream like a tweener in the front row during a Justin Bieber concert didn’t look phony at the time, that’s for damn sure.

We found a great piece written by Mike Olson (that’s his quote above, as well as the one right after the jump) from Thecredits.org that goes into a little more detail on what it took (other than Javier Botet’s frame and movements) to bring the title character in Mama  to ghostly life-you can read it below by clicking on the big red link below.

Mommy Issues: Making Monsters with Mama Visual Effects Supervisor Aaron Weintraub | The Credits.

 

“He’s very frail and can get his body into all these weird positions,” says Weintraub of Botet, and it is those contortions that serve as a physical manifestation of Mama’s tortured past, as well as the present-day horrors she’ll visit upon anyone who gets close to the “daughters” she’s adopted.

 

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In a separate interview with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, by Meredith Woerner (click here for the complete article), he also talked some about the practical effects:

What did the Mama character look like on set? Was a lot of her CG?

No, no, most of it wasn’t CG. We had this amazing Spanish actor performer who was Mama. His name is Javier Botet. He has this insane body — he’s like the skinniest guy I’ve ever seen, and very long-limbed. Then they had the special FX team from Pan’s Labyrinth who did his head, so he had four or five hours everyday in make-up, so he came out every day looking more or less like Mama. But without the flowing hair, they added that after. But he was there to shoot. He had those crazy movements. It was weird the first time we saw him on set because he has a crazy look… He had these latex fingers and he would touch me like this [wraps fingers around his neck] — it was disgusting. And Jessica, she has these fights with him. It was all him.

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Perhaps that’s why, in most of the reaction shots, none of the acting talent didn’t have to dig unusually deep to look terrified.  In fact, if I were one of them, I’d put in my contract that I had to meet Botet before the shoot, and peek in on him a couple times while he was in the make-up chair.  Either that, or tell the costume department I’d need room in my wardrobe for a pair of Depends.

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This is one of the moments in the movie “Mama” that has led me to advise anyone seeing it in the theater to use the restroom BEFORE the movie begins.

Jessica Chastain Saves the Drama for “MAMA” – Check Out This Great Interview From Fangoria.com!

Even the mixed reviews for this horror film have been more or less blown away by Jessica Chastain‘s performance (second after the two little girls portraying her –or Mama’s– little girls). I love to read interviews with A-list actors who love horror movies, too.
“Yeah, I’m not really a horror fan,” doesn’t make horror fans exactly want to rush out and see something when a performer playing a significant role says it to the press. Not so the case with the talented, and beautiful, Ms. Chastain. Click the big red link and check it out on Fangoria.com below!

Jessica Chastain Saves the Drama for “MAMA”.

 

 

Chilling New Extended “Mama” (2013) Clip Shows Her ‘Adopted’ Daughters Are Pretty Goddamn Scary, Too!

This is the longest clip we’ve seen so far, and we find out a couple key pieces of background info. First, check out the clip, and hey, don’t be scared to crank up the sound! Surely nothing in this clip will make you jump! It’s a great  idea to watch it alone in the dark when you can’t sleep!

 

 

So let’s see, now we’ve learned:

1. They’ve mainly survived on a diet of cherries (that pile practically the size of a grown man is, upon closer examination, a pile of cherry pits)

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2. They’ve been drawing creepy art back then, too (notice how they’re usually on all fours in the drawings, and standing on a roof in one)

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3. Mama somehow got, or created, a makeshift, bizarre doll of some sort for them

The aforementioned not-very-cuddly doll...

The aforementioned not-very-cuddly doll…

 

4. They don’t wear shoes

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5. They have a way of lurking in the out-of-focus background, crouching, to hide from visitors/outsiders (and to freak out the audience watching the movie–upper right corner)

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6. The younger daughter slips quietly–then NOT so quietly–around on all fours

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7. it looks like they’d really rather be left alone.  I’d yell and knock over some furniture by mistake too if I heard them making that scary-ass feral sound while racing towards me in a spider-ish gait.

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Oh, and that abandoned cabin in the woods they live in has a couple pieces of cool mid-century-looking furniture…. not that I’d stick around for a closer look, or mess around with them in any way.

Next up: searching for the longest/best featurette we can find on Mama to share!

“Mama” Rumor Control: Is This Really The Face Of Javier Botet In Make-Up As The Ghastly “Mama”? No! Wanna See The Real Thing? Read On!

4/15/13 UPDATE!

the Cool javier botet links TEASEd LATER IN THIS ARTICLE have been (mostly) inserted in this post, now that the pieces went up; check ’em out! Also, you can type ‘Botet’ into the horror boom search box in the upper right corner of the blog. Read on!

Mrs. Horror Boom

 

Well, this is a type of piece I’ve never needed to write and publish before! Here’s the deal.

Today a vague ‘source’ sent Horror Boom an email containing a pretty frightening attachment. It was labelled as “The Face of MAMA, Javier Botet in full make-up”. This is the first email/contact we’ve gotten from this individual, and we were impressed. But we’ve seen Mama,  and Javier Botet in make-up as Mama; it’s a different look.

So we did some research, and the photo (seen below) claiming to be a close-up shot of Javier Botet as Mama IS Javier Botet, but NOT in the movie Mama. We suppose we sort of see how someone could see the image and think that. Here’s the alleged photo of Botet as Mama below, that we got at our horrorboom@gmail.com email:

This is the very talented Javier Botet in make-up, all right, but not as "Mama"

This is the very talented Javier Botet in make-up, all right, but not as “Mama”

I did a little research (even though I was 95% sure it wasn’t the Mama creature effects). The shot turned out to be from Javier Botet’s 2010 reel. Mama hadn’t officially even gone into pre-production at the time.  By the way, more Botet links are coming up –some really great stuff.

So, we’ll chalk it up as an honest mistake; I seriously doubt the sender was deliberately being a prick up to any mischief, or just wanted attention (since if that was the case, they at least would have given us a nickname/site to credit, which they didn’t). I think they just got all excited, sent first, asked questions later.  We’ve all done that. I sure as hell have. Also, I can’t blame them if they jumped the gun, as every horror fan I know (and some that aren’t even big horror fans) are really excited about Mama and have been all month. I’ve been excited since before Halloween. Hot damn!

Oh and, hey, this will dial your anticipation up a notch: the new issue of Fangoria has a cover story on Mama*, and when it came to effects, they did practical effects whenever they could. YES. There are several composite shots, but very little CGI except for two scenes/effects that were pointed out (and they mainly used composite shots – especially the unearthly, floaty hair that the FX people later said they wanted to resemble tentacles at the request of the director).  You don’t hire an actor best known for being a creature performer who is 6 foot 6 and can’t weigh more than 130 lbs, (if that), to play a creature in your horror movie and then replace the majority of him with digital effects and CGI. You hire this guy when you know what nightmares look like and you need the real thing. The effects team made up his face and body, and sometimes his face was replaced with a prosthetic mask… otherwise that is ALL HIM.

Now if you want to see what ‘Mama’ really looks like, here’s a frightening screen grab (a very quick flash from one TV spot, barely shown) that gives you a pretty good, up-close look at the horrifying title creature, after the

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DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE THIS FREEZE FRAME THAT GIVES YOU A GOOD LOOK AT MAMA! I’ll even toss in this:

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Can’t say we didn’t warn you! THIS is what Javier Botet as  Mama looks like:

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I can’t think of ANYONE stupid or foolhardy enough to get between THIS thing and her ‘kids’.  I saw that in my house, I’d be a time zone the fuck away within seconds!

And yep…that’s Mr. Botet in the above photo. The actor really is that … slender… (though he spends a long, long time in the make-up chair to look that horrifying), and why would any  effects supervisor in their right mind want to use CGI when you can hire an actor with his skill set?

And here’s his demo reel. Prepare to be dazzled (and terrified). More of Mr. Botet to come…

*I usually will say something out loud like, “new Fango? Oh fuck,  yeah!” when it shows in the mail, even if new neighbors are within hearing range of me. This time I almost ripped the plastic wrap off with my teeth …but I have nice sharp fingernails for that (you’ve seen my “gravatar” image)!

Check Out Awesome “Mama” (2013) Film Review – The Hollywood Reporter (They Loved It)!

OK, now this is more like it!  Check out the link below to read a more balanced, intelligent review (not to mention, a review that doesn’t sound like broken English). However, the reviewer states that the main demographic for the film will be “teenage girls”. I know plenty of grown men planning to see it (and who have wanted to see it for months), and women over 21, not so much high school girls. Horror fans of all ages, male and female, know that less gore can equal INTENSE fear. The reviewer compares the film briefly to J-horror as far as the “less is more” school of scary, atmospheric terror.

I can almost guarantee you that even though I will KNOW the jump scare scene –actually, the moment (probably you know the one I refer to) is not just a jump scare scene, it’s more of a FUCKING JUMP SCARE SCENE –shown in the featured image, the short film,  and   in the trailer’s stinger (on almost every TV spot, by the way) is coming, and I’ll see it coming, too, I will scream in complete panic at the top of my lungs when it comes. I might not be the only one in the theater, either…

Here’s the Hollywood Reporter Review- click below!

Mama: Film Review – The Hollywood Reporter.

 

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I want to see this movie NOW… and yet my central nervous system is telling me to take my time!

The Only Review for “Mama” We Could Find So Far Is In German, But That’s What The “Translate” Tool Is For (Yes, Cinetastic.de Loved It)

This review actually went up a couple of months ago, and we kept checking back, thinking any time now, reviews are going to pop up. Soon they probably will be, since they’re giving away preview passes is certain cities, and they’re pre-screening for critics. We finally gave up and are posting a link to the review on Cinetastic.de, written by Ronny Dombrowski.  He gave it 7/10 popcorn boxes,  and certainly didn’t have any major complaints. Simply from reading the translation, he only mentions that the character of Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who most Game Of Thrones fans will recognize as the fine-looking actor who plays Jaime Stark) doesn’t really have much to do, or anything essential to the plot. It sounds like Jessica Chastain, however,  more than has her role and character of Annabel covered.  Basically, it’s not perfect, but it is original and scary as hell, with excellent effects that are frightening but not overdone.

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We also get a little bit of back-story (no major spoilers), which if search terms in our daily stats are anything to go by,  is something fans REALLY want more of. Even with the translate tool, I had to spend a couple of hours smoothing and polishing the review, and if the review sounds clumsy and clunky, you should have seen it after it was immediately translated.

Here’s the link if you speak German, or have an app of some kind of translation software better than Google Translate

Mama › cinetastic.

If you’re short on time, here’s the “review summary”, also translated:

Andres Muschietti’s “Mama” is a successful adaptation of his own short firm. The actors are excellent throughout, the story entertaining, even more so in particular at the end of the movie, so that even a [demanding fan] of horror films will be terrified.

…and here’s the translated review from Cinetastic.de, written by Ronny Dombrowski.

In the current state of the horror genre there are few innovations, which is partly why Scott Derrickson’s recent film Sinster could stand out, with a successful atmosphere with the audience. In a quite similar breach jumps director  Muschietti with his film Mama  and  presents a collaboration with producer Guillermo del Toro with an amazingly effective end result.

Five years ago,  the father of the two sisters, Victoria (Megan Charpentier) and Lilly (Isabelle Nelisse) killed his wife and fled in the middle of a snowstorm with his two daughters in the car, then a short time later the car slid from the road and ended up in  deep ditch. He fled into the woods with his two daughters, and finally the three found an old abandoned house to take shelter in, but the house was not as empty as it looked. Five years later her uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain) are still searching for his nieces and finds them (as if by a wild coincidence) in said house, but both girls have changed radically since they’ve seen them. Lucas and Annabel take the two girls and try to offer  their new home, a new family, but someone completely different comes with Victoria and Lily…

Producer Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy)  has been primarily known over the last twenty years known for his numerous high-quality productions. Together with director Andres Muschietti,  (the movie came from his own short film in 2008), Mama  has not only been adapted for the big screen, but also now supplemented by a few interesting new story twists and characters. Andres wrote the script with his wife Barbara Muschietti  (Just Visiting),  and screenwriter Neil Cross (Luther),  a unique collaboration.

The focus of the story with Victoria and Lilly are two siblings would not be different, although both full five years have been raised by many someone or something they do not  talk about except for the name “Mama.” The fact that Lucas and his rocker girlfriend Annabel had been trying for children is more than communicated clearly, this would be enough without the failing pregnancy test.

Compared to many similar horror films Mama  and its message does not last long behind the scenes; The supernatural force reveals it at the beginning rather quickly, as “Mama” saves the children from their homicidal father. With a kind of maternal instinct that protects the children in the following five years, she feeds and also lives in the house where they were found, but then the children are taken from her to live with Lucas and his girlfriend. The jump-in-your-seat moments are for the most part good, if sometimes predictable, especially when signalled by the appropriate music of composer Fernando Velázquez uses (The Orphanage),   though the rest of score lends the individual scenes atmosphere.

In terms of the look of Mama herself, the special effects team, led by Warren Appleby, was successful in their effort, The effects are unique and frightening. Whether you see Mama from behind, from the corners of your eyes, blurred by Victoria’s glasses, or in the open in the end, especially in the climax of the film, the low-budget effects in ”Mama” are just as high quality and effective as any big budget movies.

Looking at the individual actors a little more closely, there are noticeable differences. Because  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jo Nesbø‘s Headhunters ) as Lucas has little screen time and thus little opportunity to get himself in the movie, this leaves the movie all the more on the shoulders of Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life) , and her acting is marvelous as we see her character changes from one with an initial dislike of the children, into the person who wants to protect Lilly and Victoria at any price in the world. The real stars of “Mama” are Megan Charpentier (Red Riding Hood – Under the Wolf Moon) and Isabelle Nelisse (whitewash), who play the two children Victoria and Lilly. Their performance, especially their facial expressions, is so intense and convincing that both contribute significantly to the successful atmosphere of the film.

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And now that we’ve lost sleep translating that, the flood of Mama reviews should come pouring in any minute now! You’re welcome.

Update: Under “related articles”,  I found a shitty, mean-spirited review by Rex Reed (with a well-earned reputation for being a catty, bitchy hack AND for hating horror movies across the board) from The Observer. He right off the bat expresses his distaste …I’m being too nice. He says all ghost movies are the same, always stupid and never scary, and gets so unnecessarily nasty and petty in the review that I took the link down. I’m not kidding, this review puts down all horror fans, will piss you off and make you want to punch him in the teeth, plus it’s clear he didn’t watch the entire movie. I’m not one of those fans who dislikes critics in general, though I do know a couple who dislike horror movies and thus whose reviews I take with a grain of salt, but I would like to go on record: Rex Reed? Fuck that guy.  If I ever see him in person, I’m throwing a drink in his face (a situation I’m sure he is no stranger to).

Scary-Ass “Mama” Opens Friday- Check Out These FOUR, Count ‘Em, FOUR Clips at Dread Central!

OK, normally we wouldn’t just do a “Press This” for a highly anticipated (especially by us) genre movie we’ve been waiting months for; we’d write a piece and put together something polished and fancy, with the clips from You Tube, and more. Well, I got all excited and forgot it’s a really  terrible idea to go exploring footage from the upcoming sleep-with-the-lights-on scary Mama  after dark (with just the laptop on), watched the first clip, and it scared me so fucking much I’m not watching any more until it’s light out and I’m not the only one awake in the house. That should be about oh, two hours from now, since I’m not feeling too relaxed and may not relax until dawn. Even if the second clip didn’t have the ominous title, “Lilly surprises Annabel in the Kitchen*,” that’s it for me until the sun is out, suddenly I’m not feeling too brave right this minute. Though if you’ve been following coverage of the film, like, say, the theatrical trailers, or watched the blood-curdling short film the movie is based on, I doubt you can blame me too much…

Either way, look for more (and lots of it) Mama coverage this week, since the movie opens this Friday, January 18th! Though right now, a weekend matinée seems a little better for my nerves than our previous plans to see it opening night (“night” is the key word there).

So! Click the below link to get to the clips at trusty Dread Central:

Mama Loves Clips. You Will Too. Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central.

seriouslycreepywildgirlsfrommama-4hb*I can’t believe I was so gung-ho about seeing some clips from the movie that I didn’t catch on that the phrase “what’s under the bed” in the title of the first clip was a red flag. “What’s under the bed” + movie that Javier Botet plays the freaky, half-seen creature in = back off if it’s 4AM and the entire family, including the cats, are asleep, idiot!

Spooky-Ass Second Theatrical Trailer For “Mama” (2013) With Extra Creepy New Footage Is Here – Scariest Trailer of The Month!

So you thought the first spooky-ass trailer for Mama (based on the actively frightening short film that you can watch here, but that I literally cannot watch after dark unless I have alcohol in my bloodstream, and even then I hesitate) was creepy? Well, in the second theatrical trailer , we get to see a little more of the… not sure exactly what to call it yet; creature? entity? monster? of the title. Well, one thing is for sure, the mysterious “Mama” that follows the two little feral girls to their new adoptive home is the stuff nightmares of made of. Watch the new trailer below. If you’ve seen the debut trailer more than once, you’ll know that new footage when you see it…

I’m still looking for a 30-second spot that they ran in front of some clip or trailer I was watching online, because I could swear there were one or two flashes in that one (including one of the creepy feral girls lashing out when a stranger discovers them in the woods, and another brief new flash of “Mama” that also freaked me out) that aren’t in this second theatrical trailer (nor the first one I posted and wrote about).  Here’s the official site, by the way, though so far, it only has the trailer.  Once I saw Javier Botet’s name on the IMDB cast list –he played the attic monster/Medieros Girl from [REC]–I knew we’d be in more some serious scares.

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Here’s that official description again: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?  EEK.

Something you do NOT want to find under your bed (or anywhere in the house)...

Something you do NOT want to find under your bed (or anywhere in the house)…

If you’ve seen the aforementioned short horror film (from the same director/writer), a couple images look similar – mainly the “stinger” at the end of the teaser. If you’re not brave enough to watch them both in a row right this moment, like if you’re feeling a little jumpy or were already having bad dreams, here’s the comparison (stills from the short are on the left, stills from the movie are on the right). Since it’s after dark as I compose this, I think I’ll hit the “mute” buttons to get those screen caps…

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Mama  opens on January 18, 2013!  Bring your screaming voice…

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