Mama - A Horror-Pscyhodrama Film Review
Mama, the new horror film from Universal felt more like a psychodrama than a horror movie as the plot developed. For those out there that believe this film is like Psycho, the 1960's American classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it is not.
Mama does offer some thrills and chills, but without the gore, which was greatly appreciated. The director, Andres Muschietti, uses the technique of music and scene changes to impart a classic horror feeling to the movie.
However, as the plot develops, the film feels much like a psychodrama session, a technique used in pscyhotherapy. The film appears to use spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation to investigate and gain insight into their character's lives.
For example, the spirit known as Mama, definitely has issues related to the loss of her child, in her apparent suicidal flight from a Catholic asylum.
Annabel, the former rock guitar player turned unwilling step-mother, lacks the nuturing tendencies of a woman. Yet she spontaneously develops them over a short period of time as the movie progresses.
Then, there is Dr Dreyfus who probably thought he was having a psychotic episode as he starts seeing things that he knew were not be real. Yet, he follows the visions to his death in the haunted cabin in the woods, without even telling his long-time secretary.
The final scene of Mama is not exactly thought through as it left this viewer wondering: "where's the horror?" A sense of sadness and pity for the remaining characters at the end of the film left this viewer with a confusion regarding the current state of horror films in America.