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Guillermo del Toro-Produced Mama Enters Crowded Month for Horror in 2013

Universal has announced Mama, from director Andy Muschietti, is set to hit theaters on January 18th, 2013.  The inclusion of this film officially makes January a very, very busy month for horror.  

2013 kicks off with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D on January 4th which is followed by Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters on the 11th.  And on the 25th, we have James Wan’s The Conjuring.  

Will one of these titles move to make breathing room?  Time will tell.  The month already has two victims of a “release date push” – Paramount bumped H&G from early 2012 to 2013 and Lionsgate did the same for TCM3D, shoving it out of this fall and into January.

Genre fans will complain that January is a terrible month for horror, but not box office-wise.  The Underworld films have turned a nice profit during this time and The Devil Inside was considered a hit during the normally quiet month.  My Bloody Valentine 3D, The Unborn and Cloverfield all performed quite nicely as well during their January releases.

Mama, based on the short film of the same name, stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau,Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse.  Read on for the description:

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.

The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas and his girlfriend, Annabel, have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.

As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all by themselves? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.