The new trailer for the horror film Umma reveals a dark story of generational trauma starring Sandra Oh.

Korean cinema is having a moment in Hollywood. Parasite took the Oscars by storm two years ago, and the immigrant tale Minari found success at the following year’s ceremony. Domestic hits like the zombie film Train to Busan have made the crossover big-time, and on the TV side, just about everyone in the world was glued to the gory satire of Squid Game on Netflix last autumn.


That’s a trend set to continue in 2022, with a new horror film releasing this month starring Sandra Oh, who’s most famous for her roles on Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve. Umma, the debut feature film by director Iris K. Shim, comes with the producing bonafides of horror maestro Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead and the original Spider-Man trilogy), so it’s continuing a rich legacy. Fun fact: this is actually the third film in so many years to bear the title of “Mother”, and the second to be associated with Korean cinema after 2009’s Mother. As with so many things, Bong Joon-ho got there first.


The synopsis is as follows: “Umma, which is a Korean word for ‘mother,’ follows Amanda (Oh) and her daughter leading a peaceful life on an American farm, but when her mother’s ashes arrive from Korea, Amanda begins to be haunted by the fear of become your own mother.”


Check out the trailer below.

Umma is set to release in cinemas in the US on March 18th, with a release on video-on-demand sure to come soon after. It’s dropping in UK cinemas the week after, on March 25th.