The horror genre has welcomed several first-time feature filmmakers, usually because no matter what kind of story they want to tell (suburban bigotry in Jordan Peele get outthe panic of isolation at Sam Raimi evil Dead), you can find a portal through fear. Iris Shim knew her first screenplay was going to be a genre exercise. What she hadn’t expected was that the next horror drama Ouma would delve so deeply into her personal experiences in a mother-daughter relationship that also analyzed the situation of Korean-American families.
The result, Ouma, hits theaters March 18 and is distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment. In the movie, Kill EveSandra Oh (pictured above) plays a protective mother living on a rural farm with her daughter who must adjust her lifestyle when her recently deceased mother’s ashes are hand-delivered to their location. The title has special meaning for Iris Shim, who is making her feature film directorial debut from a script she crafted over two years. As she told CinemaBlend in an exclusive interview:
I’m not sure the mother in this movie is the one you want to hang around, though. As you can see in the new trailer for Ouma who dropped, Sandra Oh’s character begins to behave quite differently once her mother’s remains arrive at the farm. What will be the explanation for this behavior?
Sony also provided us with this exclusive image, showing some striking masks that will present audiences with a new face of fear. When we asked Iris Shim about the significance of the masks as to how they relate to Oumashe once again traced her writing back to her childhood, explaining:
I know these masks will be bad news for the characters of Oumabut we will have to wait until March 18 to see what awaits Sandra Oh and Fivel Stewart. Ouma is directed by Iris Shim, produced by Sam Raimi (who was an excellent choice to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), and is one of many upcoming movie releases in 2022, especially a ton of upcoming horror movies, that you need to have on your radar.