BY: GABY MORENO
Release date: May 31, 2019
Main Cast: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis and more
“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.”
Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,
Today I will be reviewing the movie, “MA”, starring the phenomenal actress Octavia Spencer and amongst other talented actors like Juliette Lewis. The main premise of the movie for those who have not seen the trailer is Octavia’s character Sue Ann nicknamed Ma is a loaner who becomes friends with teenagers from her small town by getting them alcohol and letting them hang out in her basement. From the trailer there is something far more sinister or creepy about Ma and hidden intentions.
I honestly had high expectations for this movie. One reason being that Octavia was portraying this killer lady and she always delivers in any role. Second because Blumhouse was Producing this movie. Blumhouse currently has one of my current favorite horror series on Hulu called, “Into The Dark” and it is an innovative horror show, which I will discuss in another post in the near future. So with that said I was hoping this movie will have some sort of unpredictable twist. I guess I partially blame Jordan Peele for making me addicted to reading deeper into the message of a horror movie. I admit I became a fan of horror movies that make you think on a psychological level.
The movie begins with one of the main characters named Maggie who is a teenager that just moved into town with her mom Erica (Juliette Lewis). Maggie instantly makes friends with a group of popular kids. They invite Maggie to hang out one night and they are trying to have an adult buy them alcohol from the local liquor store. That is when Ma’s character comes into the picture. The teens end up convincing Ma to buy them alcohol. Pretty much from that moment on the teens befriend Ma. Ma ends up allowing them to hang out in her basement so they are not drinking and driving around town. Only rule Ma has is they cannot go upstairs to her house.
As the story unfolds you learn Ma was bullied by some of those teenagers parents. Ma’s trauma affected her. She held onto that anger and ends up seeking revenge! I won’t go too deep into it. There was a small twist that has to do with Ma’s personal life, but I won’t give that away. This movie gave me Carrie vibes and it was entertaining. I loved the sense of humor and Ma’s creepy vibe, but felt the story was rushed and wasn’t fully developed for you to feel empathy for Ma’s character. Maybe that was just me.
Overall I did like the movie, but I did expect more. If you just want to go see a horror movie to be entertained then I recommend it, but if you are expecting something dark and horrifying twist this is not it. I did like the message though. Which I interpreted as if you don’t deal with a traumatic experience eventually it will kill you internally. Also it can be passed down to your kids and the cycle just repeats itself. So we have to confront our demons before they eat us alive!
Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!