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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 100m 2s

Release date 22/02/2013

BBFCInsight Contains strong supernatural threat and brief strong violence

Genre(s) Horror

Director(s) Andy Muschietti

Cast includes Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Daniel Kash

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 12/02/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

MAMA is a horror film about two little girls who have been lost for five years. When they are returned to their family they behave oddly, talking to what appears to be an imaginary person who they refer to as 'Mama'. As strange things begin to happen, it becomes clear that 'Mama' may not be imaginary after all and the family may be in real danger. The film is rated 15 for strong supernatural threat and brief strong violence.

There is a sustained sense of supernatural threat throughout the film, focusing on child characters who often behave in a strange and creepy manner. At times the threat results in physical danger to characters, including several jump moments as scary figures burst out of the walls and try to grab people. There is also strong horror during some nightmare sequences, such as when the girls' uncle sees his dead brother warning him, with his brother making jerky, unnatural movements. Later, a woman is shown from behind making similarly unnatural movements and then turns around to reveal a horribly distorted face. It is not clear whether what has happened to her is 'real' or a hallucination, but the image is a frightening one.

There are a few moments of strong violence, including a sequence in which a man is chased by a supernatural creature who seems to snap the man's neck. There is also a flashback sequence in which a woman is shown stabbing a nun in the chest with a long metal spike, with a small amount of blood shown.

The film does not always follow a traditional narrative, with not all situations being resolved happily. This adds to the unnerving effect of the horror and threat.

There is a single use of strong language ('f**k') and some milder bad language.

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.


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