Guillermo del Toro has brought us a lot of super-cool horror films over the past twenty years and while we have to wait a few more months before his next movie as a director, he’s spent the last couple years finding bright new filmmakers capable of making horror films at the same level of quality as his own. Following in the footsteps of The Orphanage, Julia’s Eyes, Splice and Alone in the Dark is Mama.
Expanded from the short film by Andres Muschietti and his sister Barbara, Mama benefits greatly from the fact it stars two of the hottest actors around right now – Game of Thrones‘ Jamie Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Golden Globe-winner Jessica Chastain, who many feel is on her way to score an Oscar for her role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
The two of them play a couple who take in the daughters of the former’s brother, all of whom had vanished for five years, before being found living in a cabin in the woods. When the girls are reunited with their uncle and his punk rocker girlfriend, they’ve changed, having been living in the wild seemingly alone for all that time, but they seem to have brought something back with thema mysterious entity they refer to as “Mama.”
ShockTillYouDrop attended the New York junket for the movie where we spoke with Chastain and Coster-Waldau, while also throwing in a few questions for del Toro and Muschietti. (Look for extended interviews done by Ryan Turek with the filmmakers later this week.)
In the video interview below, Chastain tells us what a big horror fan she is – one of the main reasons why she wanted to do the movie and why this may not be her last horror film. Both she and Coster-Waldau talk about working with Javier Botet, the fantastic creature performer who plays Mama as well as the two young actresses who add another level of creepiness and humor to the movie.
Mama opens nationwide on Friday, January 18th.