Mama (Universal, 2013)
Guillermo del Toro has become the gold standard for modern Horror movies. Like John Carpenter or Wes Carven or Stephen King before him, his name is a ringing endorsement for quality scares. Slick, well executed, and well produced, Mama achieves it's scares and creepy crawlies without a whiff of humor or irony.
The beginning of the film takes place in the fall of 2008, with the economic crash setting the stage for a man murdering his wife and abandoning his two little girls in the woods. Mama is a 19th century spirit who lives in an abandoned cabin with 1960s furnishings. Who knew that the spirit world did redecorating? The girls, who resembled my former neighbors' daughters in the opening sequence, are feral when they are finally discovered. They wind up living in suburbia four plus years later with hipster thirty-something parents. We get more of the moth-as-evil-spirit imagery in Mama. The CGI/special effects are all neat and clean, ditto the editing.
I found this to be an enjoyable popcorn flick. I was surprised by how crowded the first showing on a Sunday morning was, and how the bulk of the audience was female. Horror movies are usually dick farms. Oh, and I wonder how much Jack White got for letting them use Missing Pieces in the film.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.