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Movie Info & Cast


  • Olga Kurylenko
  • Javier Botet
  • Mitch Eakins
  • Lance E. Nichols
  • Rosie Fellner
  • Mackenzie Imsand
  • Dandy Barrett
  • Craig Conway
  • Melissa Bolona
  • Kathy McGraw

Did You Know?


  • The name "mara" might come from a creature in Scandinavian folklore. When people had nightmares they said that they had been ridden by the mara (the Norwegian word for nightmare is "mareritt") who took the shape of a woman.
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  • The film conflates Helena's guilt in the murder with her potential insanity. A psychologist would not be called to a crime scene to make a decision then and there as to whether a murder suspect should be committed to an asylum. Police would handcuff and process any suspect regardless of potential mental illness or insanity defense, and that person would go through court hearings to determine fitness to stand trial. In the case of severe mental illness, a sentence would be served at a mental health facility rather than a jail--the person would not simply bypass court and be committed. Kate repeatedly expresses guilt that she has separated a mother and daughter, yet had she not decided on the asylum Helena would certainly still have been jailed to await trial for the murder.


    • Dougie: Mara is real! Mara is very, very real, and she will kill each and every one of us! You mark my words: tonight, Saul dies!
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5.0 out of 5
Verified Review

Scarier than the nun

Mara M


Sep 6, 2018

A poky thriller that — eventually — delivers some decent scares.

Metacritic review by Noel Murray
Noel Murray
Los Angeles Times
Sep 5, 2018

It's a reasonable premise for a horror film, but the execution is remarkably lackluster. The pacing is sluggish to such a point that viewers may quickly fear that they too will fall asleep and meet Mara themselves.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 3, 2018

When you slow everything to sleepwalk pacing, you deflate the frights and strip away the urgency that we and the characters should feel, the sense that something terrible is coming, that time is running out.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation