Well folks, in a world where just about every horror movie on the planet gets a sequel, it is my duty to report that yet another film is getting a second installment: the Guillermo Del Toro produced Mama from 2013. The movie was a commercial success for Universal Pictures, garnering over $71 million dollars domestically and $75 million internationally with a budget of only $15 million, so…yeah, the movie made Universal a lot of money.
Although the film has been a polarizing one for many genre fans, I for one have always found charm in this strange and haunting film; the title character scared the living Hell out of me, and I’m not even going to try and deny that. I talk a lot about how much I can’t stand CGI but, you know what, Mama looked great for what it was.
On top of that, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch are in negotiations to direct the film as well as give it a final rewrite. Don’t know who they are? You may remember their names from the often-overlooked and severely underrated horror flick Starry Eyes from 2014, a violent descent into madness with gritty camera work and excellent execution, both literally and figuratively. The film is currently streaming on Netflix in the US, so if you haven’t seen it, change that now! It may drastically affect your enthusiasm for the sequel to Mama.
PopHorror will keep you updated about the film’s progress; until then, here are the trailers for both Starry Eyes and Mama.