Movie Review – Ma – Octavia Spencer in a Creepy Horror Thriller

Movie Review - MaIf Ma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! Is that how the saying goes? If not, that’s how it played out in this horror-thriller. I just watched Ma, starring the beloved Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer. This isn’t a scary movie per se, but it is extremely creepy; Octavia, of course, nails the role perfectly. I didn’t expect anything less from her.

In a small rural town, a single woman befriends a group of teenagers after they convince her to buy them liquor. After the woman notices a connection to the teenagers, she invites them to party at her house “for their safety.”

I enjoyed seeing Octavia stretch in another role. I also enjoyed the timing and that the plot didn’t take long to build. Additionally, I liked the character surprises sprinkled in that made me think back to something said or shown earlier in a scene. Sorry — I can’t elaborate more without spoilers.

If you are a horror movie fan or just like creepy stuff, this is for you. The movie is rated R, contains moderate sex and nudity, severe violence, profanity, alcohol, and intense scenes. If you enjoyed the 1976 Carrie movie, then this is somewhat of a modern day version of it.

Enjoy the film and a Icee, but don’t ask Ma to buy it for you – LOL!

Grade: C+

About The Peetimes: While it was a little difficult choosing Peetimes, I have 3 for you to pick from, all around 3 minutes long. As this is somewhat of a creepy (not scary) movie, it was risky picking good times for you to leave and not miss part of the back story. The 3rd Peetime is best, but don’t be late returning or you’ll miss a crucial scene.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Ma. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for violent/disturbing material, language throughout, sexual content, and for teen drug and alcohol use
Genres: Horror, Thriller