A Cliched Blumhouse Teen Horror Flick that Quickly Spirals into Insanity
Starting out as a typical cliched Blumhouse teen horror flick, 'Ma' follows Sue Ann (also known as Ma), a lonely middle-aged woman, who befriends some teenagers and decides to let them party in the basement of her home. What follows is something completely unexpected and ludicrous that not only makes you question the movie's existence but your own sanity as well.
Genuine problems the film suffers from are the bipolar writing and clashing tones. Half the time, the movie wants to be a dumb teen horror flick, while the other half wants to deliver a meaningful message; the movie wants to have it's cake and eat it too, leading to jarring tonal shifts.
While objectively a bad movie, it is elevated into "so bad it's good" territory thanks to the over-the-top titular performance from Octavia Spencer, bizarre scenes (including, but most definitely not limited to, one where a group of teens and Ma are dancing like it's a rave to Lipps Inc.'s Funkytown, which had this reviewer dying of laughter) and an ending that leaves you gobsmacked for all the weird reasons.