Universal Pictures have released the official synopsis for upcoming Guillermo Del Toro-produced Canadian horror film Mama.

Written and directed by Andres Muschietti, Mama stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessica Chastain, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash and Julia Chantrey.

The film, which is based on a short film Muschietti made back in 2008, is scheduled to hit cinemas on October 3, 2013, making it one of next year’s hotly anticipated Halloween releases.

Synopsis: The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighbourhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas (Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Chastain), 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.

Intrigued? Then why not watch Muschietti’s original short below:

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Source: Collider