01/21/2013 09:30 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Mama

2013-01-21-CC18_TP3_00004R_410.jpgScrew the armed guards in the schools, let's get some firepower into the home, 'cause there's definitely some malignant stuff going on there. In Mama, a young couple (Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is saddled with a pair of literally feral children and have to contend with the challenges not only of raising a pair of kids accustomed to ambulating on all fours, but also of dealing with the malevolent, spectral force that's followed them home. Mama don't go for Fruit Roll-Ups.

Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and I saw the latest in executive producer Guillermo del Toro's attempts to resurrect the classic, moody horror films of the '70s, and we come away with an appreciation for the film's stylistic visuals and creepy atmosphere, but not so much that we can't make generous sport of the film's plot glitches. And boy, are there plot glitches.

Plus: What's coming to theaters next week.

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Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Mama