A new horror starring Octavia Spencer seems to subvert the old caricature of the devoted, dark-skinned care-giver – one still endured by leading black actresses, says Ellen E Jones Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Google+ Share by Email By Ellen E Jones 31 May 2019 Octavia Spencer’s latest film is a campy carnival of creepiness and a total hoot. In Ma, the Academy Award-winner stars as Su Ann, a loner who forms an age-inappropriate friendship with a group of local teens by letting them hang out and party in her basement. There are, however, a few sinister conditions attached: the teens must call Su Ann ‘Ma’ and they must never, ever venture upstairs into the main house. That’s because this is no sweet tale of intergenerational understanding; it’s a jump-scare-filled psychological horror from the producer behind Insidious, The Purge and Get Out. And for those with a deeper knowledge of US cultural history, there’s another level too: ’Ma’ is short for ‘Mammy’, isn’t it? The history of black women on screen is closely tied… Read full this story
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