Ma (film)

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Ma Official Movie Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTate Taylor
Produced by
Screenplay byScotty Landes
Tate Taylor
Story byScotty Landes
StarringOctavia Spencer
Music byGregory Tripi
CinematographyChristina Voros
Edited by
  • Lucy Donaldson
  • Jin Lee
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 31, 2019 (2019-05-31) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million[1]

Ma is an upcoming American psychological horror film directed by Tate Taylor, from a screenplay by Scotty Landes and Taylor, and a story by Landes. It stars Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, McKaley Miller, Missi Pyle, Corey Fogelmanis, Marjay Ross, Gianni Paolo, and Dante Brown.[2] The film is being produced by Jason Blum through Blumhouse Productions and John Norris.[3]

The film is scheduled to be released on May 31, 2019, by Universal Pictures.[4]


The revenge film follows Sue Ann (Spencer), a killer who struggles with social rejection, peer pressure, and bullying.[5] She is a lonely veterinary aide who lives in a town in Ohio. Things start to go wrong when she meets a group of teenagers. Despite their age differences, Sue Ann was invited into the clique, which she buys alcohol for. At first, it was fun for Sue Ann, who came to be called Ma, as her friendship with the high schoolers gives her the opportunity to be social and it gets her invites to parties.[6] However, it becomes increasingly difficult for her to let go of her friends during weekends. She eventually develops an obsessive fixation on the group.[7] The involvement of her friends' parents also triggered past trauma.[8] These developments lead to violence.

The film is noted for being one of the first horror movies to feature a female, black lead.[9]


  • Octavia Spencer as Sue Ann "Ma"
    • Kyanna Simone Simpson as Young Sue Ann
  • Juliette Lewis as Erica, Maggie's mother.
    • Skyler Joy as young Erica
  • Diana Silvers as Maggie, Erica's daughter.
  • Luke Evans as Ben Hawkins, Andy's father.
    • Andrew Matthew Welch as young Ben
  • Missi Pyle as Mercedes, Ben's girlfriend.
    • Nicole Carpenter as Young Mercedes
  • McKaley Miller as Haley, Maggie's friend.
  • Corey Fogelmanis as Andy Hawkins, Maggie's friend and Ben's son.
  • Gianni Paolo as Chaz
  • Dante Brown as Darrell
  • Allison Janney as Dr. Brown


Principal photography on the film started in February 2018 and ended in March 2018. Filmed in Natchez, Mississippi.[10]


Ma is scheduled to be released on May 31, 2019.[11] The first trailer was released on February 13, 2019.[12]

Box office[edit]

In the United States and Canada, Ma will be released alongside Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Rocketman, and is projected to gross around $20 million in its opening weekend.[13]


  1. ^ "Ma (2019)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Miska, Brad (February 1, 2018). "'Shape of Water's Octavia Spencer Starring In 'Help' Director's 'Ma'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Romano, Nick (February 1, 2018). "Octavia Spencer and The Help director reunite for psychological thriller". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ma will be released in UK cinemas on the 31st May 2019". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. ^ Wheat, Lorraine (May 17, 2019). "Octavia Spencer on Horror Film 'Ma': "It's Definitely a Cautionary Tale"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  6. ^ Keaney, Quinn (2019-05-22). "Exclusive: Octavia Spencer Faces Off Against Luke Evans in This Chilling Clip From Ma". POPSUGAR Entertainment. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  7. ^ Foutch, Haleigh (2019-05-23). "'Ma': Octavia Spencer Breaks Down Her Creepy Character in Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Clip". Collider. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  8. ^ Nolfi, Joey (April 26, 2019). "'Ma' is Octavia Spencer's bloody revolution against racial stereotypes". Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  9. ^ Jackson, Angelique; Jackson, Angelique (2019-05-20). "Octavia Spencer on 'Ma': 'These Types of Roles Haven't Really Been Available to Women of Color'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  10. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (February 1, 2018). "Octavia Spencer To Star In Blumhouse Thriller 'Ma'; Reteam With Tate Taylor". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 12, 2019). "Tate Taylor's Blumhouse Thriller 'Ma' Gets Summer Release Date". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  12. ^ MAMovie [@MAmovie] (13 February 2019). "Welcome to MA's. From the producers of Get Out and Happy Death Day, Octavia Spencer stars in #MAmovie - in theaters May 31. Watch the trailer." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 16, 2019). "'Secret Life Of Pets 2' To Have Upper Paw Over 'Dark Phoenix' – Early B.O. Projections". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 16, 2019.

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