Check out the trailer released for Ma, the upcoming psychological horror-thriller that has Octavia Spencer showing her dark side.
Reuniting Spencer with director Tate Taylor, who directed her to an Oscar win in the very different film The Help, Ma tells of a woman in a small Ohio town who decides she’s going to help teens avoid drinking and driving by offering her basement as a place to party. That hospitality soon turns into something much, much, much more obsessive and sinister.
Jason Blum produces this one via his Blumhouse umbrella, and it could be another little win for the company. It’s great to see Spencer taking on a menacing role like this; she seems creepy as hell here. There’s also a supporting cast that includes Juliette Lewis and Luke Evans. Count us firmly in.
Ma, also starring Diana Silvers, McKaley Miller, Missi Pyle, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo, and Dante Brown, hits US cinemas on May 31.
Universal Pictures’ official rundown for Ma:
Everybody’s welcome at Ma’s. But good luck getting home safe.
Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town (Diana Silvers, Glass), to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own.
She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs. And call her “Ma.”
But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma’s place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.
Ma also stars Juliette Lewis (August: Osage County) as Maggie’s mom, Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) as a local dad, Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) as his girlfriend, and McKaley Miller (TV’s Hart of Dixie), Corey Fogelmanis (TV’s Girl Meets World), Gianni Paolo (TV’s Power) and Dante Brown (Lethal Weapon TV series) as Maggie’s friends.
From Tate Taylor, the acclaimed director of The Help and Get On Up, and blockbuster producer Jason Blum (Get Out, Halloween, The Purge series) comes a thriller anchored by a daring and unexpected performance from Spencer, one of the most powerful actors of her generation.
Ma is written by Scotty Landes (Comedy Central’s Workaholics) and Taylor, is produced by Blum for his Blumhouse Productions, by Taylor, and by John Norris (executive producer, Get On Up), and is executive produced by Spencer, Couper Samuelson, Jeanette Volturno, and Robin Fisichella.