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Mama's Eviction Notice

“MAMA” *Spoiler Alert* blog by Terrie M. Scott, January 21, 2012

Terrie ScottI've had a very stressful weekend and this week is only going to get worse... Let's just say that Saturday can't come soon enough.

A friend suggested I give my mind a break for a few hours and go see a movie. Besides THE HOBBIT, which I LOVE, as you know being a die hard Lord of the Rings fan, the only other movie I've seen recently was “Les Miserables” with Rachel on Christmas Day.

Hmm, last musical movie I enjoyed was “Oliver” from 1968 and “Chorus Line.” Aside from Anne Hathaway's song and the little girl, I'm not a huge fan of “Les Miserables” the MOVIE – just struck me as a kind of French version of “Beetlejuice” with all those creepy people and prostitutes. I had forgotten about it before I left the parking lot. Sorry to all you Les Mis fans.

Hey, I'm a “Walking Dead, “Fringe” and “Law & Order” addict. Wait, there is another musical I enjoyed, “Once More With Feeling” from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Lol Cue: “They got the mustard out!”

I digress. Among my choices tonight: Zero Dark Thirty, Gangster Squad or Mama.

MAMA it is.... ding ding ding We have a winner!

STOP **SPOILER ALERT**

If you plan on seeing this film and you do not want important plot elements revealed here, stop reading now.

If you could care less and plan on seeing the movie regardless of what I say, continue reading.

You have two options. I am waiting... (tapping foot) Make up your mind yet?

Turn back now or continue? You have been warned. Muhahahaha!!!!

MAMA Movie SpoilersMAMA - Mama is a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. They are rescued years later and begin a new life, but find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.

When you're involved with a place like the Sedamsville Rectory, movies with a supernatural theme take on an entirely different significance.

Basically, these little girls get stranded out in the woods after a series of tragic events. They end up being left in this creepy cabin where they are not alone. It's not Ward and June Cleaver from "Leave it to Beaver," or touching Andy & Opie moments, but something else is there to play MAMA to the girls woefully too young to fend for themselves.

The brother of their now deceased father spends years searching for the missing children. Finally, they are found. To call them “feral” children would be kind. Well, I supposed technically that's what they are, but most feral children don't have a sadistic ghoul of a Mom taking care of them.

Can you imagine that play date with the neighbors? Um, yeah. (cringe)

The girls are brought back to civilization and awarded into the custody of their uncle and his girlfriend/wife? They are given a nice home for the purposes of continuation of study by an area child psychiatrist.

The children, Victoria and Lily, are played by Megan Charpentier (the “Red Queen” from the Resident Evil films) and Isabelle Nélisse.

When found, the kids are beyond creepy. They remain creepy overall through most of the film. Of course, I spent most of the film worried about the cute little dog. I was worried that kids that were once feeding on racoons and vermin would have no trouble nibbling on the family pet.

The brother's girlfriend was reluctant to care for these creepy kids. Can you blame her? My friend muttered a derogatory remark about her.

I jumped in to her defense. I said to my friend, “Hey, if my kids starting scurrying across the floor eating bugs, I'd lock them away in an institution..” Sorry kids.

My friend looked at me, thinking I was joking. Um nope. They'll be no scampering, bug eating children in my life. Thank you very much. When was visiting day? I'd sleep better and with a clear conscious at night not worrying about them gnawing my legs off.

As a matter of fact... I said to my friend, “If you are so empathetic about these creepy kids in the film, perhaps you should volunteer your services to the Allegheny Feral Children Foundation. (if one actually exist). Go out and save all the feral children with creepy ghost mom's to boot.

(Where's my can of “Whoop Ass”?)

So before long, Mama starts making her presence known. The lights, the noises and Mama has a serious temper. “Anger Management” courses are definitely out of the question.

It wasn't the kids so much that inspired me to write a blog about the movie as it was the psychiatrist. He spends months doing all these studies on the girls, hypo-therapy, research on a connection between them and case from decades ago (Mama).

A man of Science. Truly an idiot. He doesn't especially believe in ghost or the paranormal, which is well and fine. Been there, done that.

He soon learns that “A ghost is an emotion bent out of shape.” And, eventually sees Mama for himself.

Um... anyone and I do mean ANYONE that sees what this man sees? Would wet himself. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger would wet himself if he ever truly in REAL life had something like Mama charge after him.

So, Mama scares the psychiatrist during one of the sessions with Victoria (the older of the two girls) and what do you think he does?

Even though he is scared out of his mind, he tracks down the cabin in the woods - where the girls and Mama where recreating some horrific version of “The Brady Bunch” - in hopes of learning more about Mama. And, he goes there ALONE... and at NIGHT... with ONE flashlight.


Of course, right? Clearly he has idiot tattooed on his forehead. Keep in mind, he didn't suspect Mama might be real... he had already SEEN her, up close and personal. Well, some people are just too stupid to live and draw your own conclusions as to what happened to the good doctor, but he won't be winning the Nobel Prize for scientific discoveries next year. 

Sigh. The story escalates and eventually Annabel (the girlfriend - played by Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain) figures out why Mama is so ticked off ; why Mama is so attached to the little girls; and what Mama really wants... or so she thinks.

It's a very well made, slick and stylish horror film which does deliver on being terrifying. However, just once I'd like to see a movie that clearly shows how regular people would react...then you'd see some REAL terror.

And, for the record, if I walked into a deserted cabin and laid eyes on the sight depicted in the below still, I’d just back quietly out of the room, out of the house, briskly go home, and call 911 (even though you should never walk backwards in a horror movie). Would YOU turn your back to these feral creatures? If you answered yes, then somewhere there is a Feral Children Society calling for you! Be my guest.

I'm scared of a lot of things, especially things at the Rectory, but I can assure you if anything at the Rectory scampered up the hallway at me like in this film? The cement truck would be pulling up tomorrow to bury the place in a slab of concrete.

Mama would be getting her eviction notice. Just saying. I know, I know – it doesn't work that way.

They never address how Mama is able to maintain her form like that, because I have learned to manifest activity requires a lot of energy, but like I said, I view films like this differently now.

And, you think it's going to have a happy ending? Bad Mama got back what she wanted, but no that wasn't good enough. She wasn't happy with what she was given. Her standards were suddenly too high to take what she came for and return to the abyss. Nope.

Guess they don't have any mirrors where she comes from, because as Scatman Crothers says in the 70's classic comedy “Scavenger Hunt,” - “Girl, you can steal all the dresses you want, but there ain't no man gonna marry you!”

You'll understand what I mean when you see the film.

I rescue animals. NOT feral children that eat critters, bugs and have ghost mama's, sorry.

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