Ma ★★★

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You can see from the trailer that Ma is built as a standard blumhouse teen horror with an outrageous central performance by Octavia Spencer, and it's exactly that, but that ultimately anchors the whole thing. Tries for moral ambiguity and a few exploitative shocks, fails at both, but it does succeed at being really fucking funny. Imagine this story directed by a capable genre craftsman and not the director of The Help, a nastier script revision, and we'd be in business.