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MARA Blu-ray Review

Mara Blu-ray Review

The Movie

Synopsis

Criminal psychologist Kate Fuller is assigned to the murder of a man who has seemingly been strangled in his sleep by his wife and the only witness is their eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. As Kate digs into the mystery of an ancient demon which kills people in their sleep, she experiences the same petrifying symptoms as all previous victims and spirals through a chilling nightmare to save herself and Sophie before she dares fall asleep again.

Directed By: Clive Tonge

Written By: Jonathan Frank & Clive Tonge

Starring: Olga Kurylenko (Kate), Craig Conway (Dougie), Javier Botet (Mara), Rosie Fellner (Helena), Lance E. Nichols (McCarthy), Mackenzie Imsand (Sophie), Ted Johnson (Grandpa), Mitch Eakins (Martin Ellis), Melissa Bolona (Carly), Marcus W. Weathersby (Saul), Dandy Barrett (Dr. Botet), and more.   

Genre: Crime, Horror, & Thriller

Rating: R

Runtime: Approx. 99 minutes

Blu-ray Details

Audio

  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Video

  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
  • Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features

  • Mara: A Legacy of Evil

My Thoughts

I give Mara a B.

Mara follows psychologist Kate Fuller.  The film opens up to an investigation of a husband strangled in his sleep by his wife (Helena) with the only witness being their 8-year-old daughter, Sophie.  When strange events start to occur.  Kate begins to investigate the Sleep Demon, Mara.  She must stay awake and find a way to stop it before she becomes a victim herself.

I really enjoyed this film.  I knew nothing about it and practically popped it into my Blu-ray player.  I think one of the things I noticed about this film was that the jump scares weren’t really the typical ones.  You know, the ones following a loud noise.  I don’t like that they have to accentuate the jump scare in these newer films and prefer sutle jump scares that catch you off guard.

I really enjoyed the performance by Javier Botet.  If you’re not familiar with him.  He played Slenderman, The Hobo in the movie IT, The Crooked Man in the Conjuring 2, and KeyFace in Insidious: The Last Key.  In this film, he plays Mara, the Sleep Demon.  All I could think of when Mara came on screen was that isn’t CGI-ed!  His movements and the sound just made the character creepy and believable.  *Spoiler* I liked the ending of the film when Kate Fuller (Olga Kurylenko) pieced all the clues she had and figured out why this Demon was here.  She was a detective in a sense.  Piecing all the clues together to come out with an outcome.

Catch Mara out on Blu-ray & Digital November 6th!