Octavia Spencer’s “Earth Wind And Fire” Scene in ‘Ma’ Belongs in the Horror Movie Hall of Fame

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Academy award-wining actress Octavia Spencer has delivered many outstanding performances over the years. She’s made audiences cry over their importance in The Help, she’s shattered racial stereotypes in Hidden Figures, and she helped Sally Hawkins hook up with a fish in The Shape of Water. But I’m not here to talk about any of those award-winning, acclaimed films. Instead, I want to talk to you about what I would argue is Spencer’s finest career moment to date: That time she ran over Missi Pyle with her truck and starting blasting Earth, Wind & Fire in the 2019 horror movie Ma.

If you haven’t yet seen this masterpiece/disaster of a movie, you simply must add it to your Halloween season watchlist. Directed by Tate Taylor, with a screenplay from Scotty Landes, Ma is just off-the-rails enough to be a rip-roaring good time. Spencer stars as a woman named Sue Ann Ellington, aka “Ma,” a veterinary technician who agrees to buy alcohol for a group of teenagers on the condition that they drink it in her basement. She says it’s because she wants to make sure they’re safe, but it quickly becomes clear that Ma, who was bullied as a child, wants to party, too. It works: Ma’s basement becomes the hot new party spot. But then she starts to get weird about it.

Eventually, you’ll learn that some of the kids’ parents played a nasty trick on Ma when she was in high school. And by “trick,” I mean assault. It’s heartbreaking, but don’t worry—Ma gets her revenge, starting with plowing down one of her bullies in her truck.  Here’s how it goes down: Ma is driving her truck on an empty road when she spots Mercedes (Missi Pyle), one of her childhood tormentors, out for a jog. Without hesitating, Ma swerves her truck, and just freaking pulverizes Mercedes. Just absolutely mows her down.

And here’s the best part: Does Ma pull over, or even slow down after running over this woman? Not in the slightest. Instead, she mutters, “Fucking cunt,” speeds up, and with a flick of her wrist switches on some music: “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.

The scene, which you can watch above, has become somewhat iconic on the internet. (Fair warning: It is a tad graphic, including allusions to sexual assault and depictions of blood.) You can understand the hype—it’s just so deliciously brutal, so delightfully callous. It’s the way Spencer doesn’t show a bit of remorse for me, and the way she had that Earth, Wind & Fire ready. And the way she drives off confidently toward the horizon? I mean, legends only, am I right?

There are plenty of other unhinged bits in the film like this, including a moment where Spencer comes dangerously close to mutilating Luke Evan’s genitals. But nothing else can quite match up to the perfect execution of this truck scene. Put this sequence in the horror movie hall of fame, and add Ma to your Halloween rotation ASAP.

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