- The trailer for “Ma,” a horror-thriller movie starring Octavia Spencer, was released Wednesday.
- In the movie, Spencer plays a woman who stalks and terrorizes a group of teens after buying them alcohol.
- People on Twitter had a lot of shocked and excited reactions to seeing Spencer play a villain, which is a departure from the roles Spencer usually takes on.
When you think of Octavia Spencer, chances are you think of her roles in movies like “The Help,” “Hidden Figures,” and “The Shape of Water.”
What you probably don’t think of is her playing as a murderous villain who is stalking and destroying the lives of a group of small-town teens. But that’s exactly the role Spencer is playing in her upcoming horror film, “Ma.”
The ‘Ma’ trailer dropped Wednesday and the film is set to be released on May 31
The horror-thriller film is coming from Tate Taylor (who directed “The Help” and “The Girl on the Train”) and Blumhouse Productions, the company that produced the popular thrillers “Get Out” and “Happy Death Day.”
In the trailer, a group of teens try to find an adult willing to buy them alcohol. One of them approaches a woman named Sue Ann (Octavia Spencer), who, after initially refusing to make the purchase, buys them alcohol. She also offers to let them “party like rockstars” in her basement, under the condition they call her “Ma” and don’t venture upstairs.
Based on the trailer, things don’t go too well for the teens after they start going to Ma’s house. Ma stalks the group, steals their belongings, harasses them, surprises them in their bed with knives, and even stitches one teen’s mouth shut.
When the trailer was released, a lot of people had shocked reactions
Considering Spencer’s past acting credits include appearances in comedy series like “Ugly Betty” and “30 Rock” or in drama films like “The Help” and “Hidden Figures,” some couldn’t believe they were seeing Spencer take on a role in a horror film. But many Twitter users said they were excited to see Spencer play a character with an evil side.
Me in the theater supporting Octavia Spencer in “Ma” ???????? pic.twitter.com/41iVthD97x
— Greer Childs ????????♂️ (@immaculate__Jay) February 13, 2019
I don’t even watch scary movies but Octavia Spencer in a horror/thriller… I’m in!!
— LoveMariah ♑ (@__LoveMariah_) February 14, 2019
Fans noted that this wasn’t the first time Spencer played someone evil. Others, who remember when Spencer played the character “Dr. Evilini” on the Disney sitcom “Wizards of Waverly Place,” weren’t quite as surprised to see the actress take on a darker role.
everyone shocked to see octavia spencer play a villain have evidently never watched wizards of waverly place and it shows pic.twitter.com/wl3rUEIUJo
— pepperoni playboy (@jasminekinzi) February 13, 2019
Y’all acting like Octavia Spencer did not play the role of Dr. Evilini in Wizards of Waverly Place.
— Aastha Shakya (@aurafeels) February 14, 2019
wizards of waverly place stans already know about miss.octavia Spencer’s acting skills as an evil character or villain after seeing her as Dr.Evilini.
— Sarah (fan account) (@sabrinasswift) February 13, 2019
Whether you’re surprised by Spencer’s new role or not, the trailer already has people buzzing. You can watch the full trailer here.
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