January 19, 2013

MAMÁ

MAMÁ
(3minute short)

Spain, 2008
Director: Andrés Muschietti

9/10









"Mamá" is the second short film from Spanish director Andrés Muschietti, a super-short but super-effective little chiller about two girls who try to leave the house because their mother has come back, and mother isn't exactly a sympathetic person. Hell, she's not even a person!

Guillermo del Toro was so impressed by "Mamá" that he immediately got in contact with Muschietti and helped him turning the short into a full-length feature (which hits US cinemas this weekend, Austrian cinemas in April).


It's easy to see why Del Toro was so impressed. "Mamá" is a well-made, well-developed mini-shocker that takes place in a beautiful but eerie house. The cinematography is polished and striking and the music is gripping. The girls act very believable, the CGI is surprisingly very good (considering the ultra-low budget) and I love the fact that it looks more like a scene from a film, rather than an actual short film. Highlight: the jump scare at the 2minute-mark which is so freaking awesome, it almost made my heart stop.
 
Overall, a kick-ass short that really needs to be seen. I doubt that the feature film will live up to it, but... well, I keep my fingers crossed.

6 comments:

  1. I can't believe the short was only three minutes long!

    looking forward to the film though as I love the two leads but I am keeping expectations low.

    K :-)

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    1. hehe, me neither but holy shit, it's really awesome!

      Keeping the expectations low too. Del Toro productions are usually decent, but to me they all look quite the same in some kinda way. Well, we'll see.

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  2. Gonna have to search this out, sounds very impressive!

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  3. I can't wait to see the movie, I would for sure want more if three minutes hooked me like that. :)

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    1. Haha yeah, it's awesome but way too short :)

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