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Bad Movie Tuesday: What happens when the horror ends?

July 16, 2013

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SPOILER ALERT!!! READ NO FURTHER IF YOU WANT THE PLOT OF MAMA REVEALED. Read John’s non-spoiler wonderful review of Mama here.

Throughout the course of my cinema watching career there have been certain moments, villains and spin kicks that are so bad they’ve become intriguing. They’ve left me thinking about the movie long after it has finished. This particular post will be about the ending of the film Mama. Mama is not a bad film. It is confidently made, well acted and original. There are several fantastic shots and it seems well thought out. I say “it seems” because the ending leaves the heroes in a terrible spot that will likely result in a long court battle and years of jail time. It is the ghost equivalent of “a dingo ate my baby!” The people are innocent but it will be hard to explain to the courts.

The ending of Mama goes like this. Mama gets jealous and kidnaps the kids. So, yada yada yada Mama takes one kid and leaves the other. Mama and the child fall off a cliff where they turn into leaves and blend back in with nature. This is where the real problem starts.

Have you ever wondered how the people involved in horror films are able to explain all the death and destruction once the bad demon has been destroyed? I pondered this conundrum when Mama ended. How will they explain a missing child, mummified aunt and crunched psychiatrist? All the evidence has disappeared and the evil demon has become one with nature again.  I do not envy their predicament.

This post destruction phase could make for ripe narrative territory. They have to explain a missing child who was with them the entire time. I don’t think Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln Lawyer could prove “innocence via angry ghost.” The jury could not literally handle the truth of the situation. There are no dead zombies, rednecks or masked maniacs lying around so there is no one to put the blame on. Also, the surviving man’s twin brother became murderous and that is why the kids ended up in the care of an angry ghost mama. So, no alibi, unbelievable excuse and history of mental illness in the family will spell doom for the survivors. Will Jessica Chastain ever play in her band again? Will Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hear that he looks like Jaime Lannister in prison?

These are not the thoughts one should be having after watching a film. I should have been basking in the wonder of all things Mama but instead was scratching my head at the vague ending. I’d compare this to running a disciplined marathon and running off course ten feet before the finish line.

What do you think will happen?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2013 11:06 am

    I actually think of that sort of thing all of the time! I am always wondering how they are going to explain the carnage and mayhem – or the mysterious disappearance or how anyone could possibly make a claim to their insurance agent – let alone the police, the neighbors, ex-spouses etc. I am so glad I am not the only one. Which also begs a different question – How screwed would someone be if their child really was the anti-christ or possessed? Everyone would just think you were mentally ill – and of course teenagers being who they are – one could easily chalk up a teenagers’ narcissistic, disassociative fugues to hormones . . . Not that I believe my teenager is the anti-Christ or possessed, but I could certainly understand how someone could come to believe so . . .

    • July 16, 2013 11:14 am

      Haha. “I swear Mr. Insurance agent! My kid was posssed by a demon, wrecked my house and turned into a tree.”


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