Suspense Thriller “Ma” Turns Motherly Bond to Monstrous Bind

Acclaimed director of 'The Help' Tate Taylor teams up with producer Jason Blum (Get Out, Us, Split, Glass, Halloween, The Purge) to bring the horrific Ma to the big screen, played by Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer.

From Tate Taylor, the acclaimed director of The Help, and blockbuster producer Jason Blum (Get Out, Us, Split, Glass, Halloween, The Purge) comes Ma, a thriller anchored by a daring and unexpected performance from Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer, one of the most powerful actors of her generation.

Everybody’s welcome at Ma’s. But good luck getting home safe.

Spencer stars as Sue Ann, a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie (Diana Silvers, Glass), a teenager new in town, 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 Diana, Maggie’s overworked single mom; Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) as local business owner Ben; and Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) as Mercedes, Ben’s alcoholic girlfriend.

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Silvers is joined in the youth cast by McKaley Miller (TV’s Hart of Dixie) as ringleader Haley, who cajoles Maggie—and the rest of their crew—into the type of trouble no one should never find; Corey Fogelmanis (TV’s Girl Meets World) as Andy, Maggie’s wide-eyed boyfriend and Ben’s son; Gianni Paolo (TV’s Power) as Chaz; and Dante Brown (Lethal Weapon TV series) as Darrell.

The thriller is produced and directed by Tate Taylor, the writer/director of Academy Award® Best Picture nominee The Help, the James Brown biopic Get on Up, and the riveting psychological thriller The Girl on the Train. Ma is produced by Taylor, John Norris (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Jason Blum.

Ma is written by Scotty Landes (Comedy Central’s Workaholics) and executive produced by Octavia Spencer,  Couper Samuelson (Happy Death Day), Jeanette Volturno (Halloween) and Robin Mulcahy Fisichella (Jason Bourne, Get on Up).

In Philippine cinemas July 10, Ma is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at; Twitter at  and Instagram at  

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