2019-06-21 08:14
Octavia Spencer in a scene from 'Ma.'


A lonely middle-aged woman befriends some teenagers and decides to let them party in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober, don't curse, and never go upstairs. They must also refer to her as 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.


If something seems too good to be true, it usually is. That's what a handful of teenagers find out the hard way in the new thriller, Ma

The movie follows the life of a lonely, middle-aged woman, Sue Ann (played by Octavia Spencer), who befriends a group of high school kids, luring them into her world by providing a "safe" place for them to party – the basement of her home.

The teens quickly learn that Sue Ann, or Ma, as they eventually come to know her, is not as harmless as she seems when things start getting a little weird with her behaviour. And when I say weird, I mean locking-people-in-basements-and-mutilating-body-parts weird!

Right off the bat, I was excited about this movie. Mainly because it stars Octavia in a role that is so far off from the characters she usually plays – the loving, caring, mother figure. This time she still had some of those traits, but with a murderous twist. 

I sat in thought for a while after I left the cinema, trying to figure out if I was excited by the movie, or just by how well Octavia took on her role. So I asked myself this question: If Octavia was removed from the film, would I still find it as enthralling?

The simple answer is no. Octavia takes on the character of Ma so well that I almost found myself overlooking the fact that without her, this is just another teen thriller that could easily find its way onto the playlist of a slumber party.

If you're someone who's not easily frightened, then maybe you won't be so impressed. Aside from a couple of jump-scares, the film's not going to do much to get your heart racing. 

You may, however, find yourself wincing every now and again at some of the gory scenes that play out toward the end. But even those are short-lived. 

Would I watch it again if I had the chance? Crazy enough, yes, I would. But that's probably because I'm a sucker for a thriller/horror flick, no matter how good or bad it is. If you are too, then I'd say definitely give this one a watch.

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