Be prepared to be scared out of your seat by the master of horror Guillermo del Toro in the new supernatural horror movie he executive produced titled, Mama. The movie directed by Andrés Muschietti, inspired by his short film, depicts the chilling story of two little sisters, Victoria and Lilly, who are abandoned in the woods after their parents are killed. Several years later, they end up rescued by their uncle Lucas (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), but the girls appear to continue interacting with a strange character named ‘Mama.’
In a press conference held in New York, Del Toro described the essence of creating a horror film that will frighten and satisfy moviegoers. “The very basics for me are creating [scenarios] where the things that shouldn’t be are and the things that should be are not,” he adds, “You can derive every situation in a horror movie to have those elements. The rest is playing with logic and dislocating it.”
As he continues to explain the fundamentals of his work, he draws a parallel between horror and comedy. “I think they are both very similar. It’s a matter of taste, so it’s hard to say what I would not do because I don’t think horror should have any limits,” he expressed.
Screenplay writer, Barbara Muschietti, also described what it was like working with the mastermind. “It was clear to him from the start that he was going to make the best movie in his head…He’s the best Godfather to have because he comes from a place of where he’s not only going to suggest the best way, but he also shares his lost battles with you. That’s priceless.”
For Del Toro, what drew him to executive produce the film in the first place was the existence of unconventional female leads and the process of original storytelling that breaks traditional molds. “The thing that attracted me to the story was…I have two daughters and I am always looking for ways to portray women in not the most traditional terms." He continues, “We always see a side of motherhood that’s nurturing and endearing. I wanted to showcase the suffocating and over protective side of it.”
Mama opens in theaters today. Check out the short film that inspired the movie below: