Every now and then a trailer for a new movie comes out that genuinely surprises. Ma is one of those movies. The Blumhouse feature follows a group of teenagers who decide to party at a lonely woman’s house, who befriends the kids. However, as the woman grows attached to the teens, her behavior becomes more and more violent.

You’d think this Hansel And Gretel-like reimagining would feel stale, but the secret that surprised me was Octavia Spencer in the role of the lonely woman. She’s a stellar actress, and seeing her in a more devilish part is exciting. It’s not a role I’d expect to see her in; however, I’m thrilled to see what she does. 

The trailer is a bit revealing. However, even though it starts tame enough, the violence and depravity ramp up to 11 by the end, making Ma a must-watch for me. There’s something oddly disquieting about Spencer in this role that’s electrifying. 

Ma is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, The Girl on the Train) who wrote the screenplay with Scotty Landes (Dave & Ethan: Lovemakers, Workaholics), Ma stars Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller, Missi Pyle, Luke Evans. It hits theaters May 31. 

Plot Synopsis

In this new psychological horror-thriller from Tate Taylor and Blumhouse, a lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.

The poster for Ma, reading "From Blumhouse, Producer of Get Out & Happy Death Day" with a close-up of Octavia Spencer.