MATRIARCH (2018) Reviews and worth watching

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‘Mother knows best’

Matriarch is a 2018 British horror feature film written, directed by and starring Scott Vickers. The movie also stars Charlie Blackwood, Julie Hannan and Alan Cuthbert.


Pregnant Rachel and her husband, Matt, are stranded after wrecking their car on a remote Scottish road. Though hostile at first, a nearby farmer and his wife welcome them in after learning that Rachel is with child.

Suddenly, Rachel realises the family’s “daughter” is a local girl who’d gone missing years before, but when she and Matt attempt to escape, they’re held at gunpoint—just as Rachel goes into labour. Will their child’s first day on earth be the couple’s last?


“Let’s face it: religion and pregnancy are always going to make certain people uncomfortable […] A strange instance of a film that looks phenomenal and has a talented cast behind it, yet due to the banality of its script and pacing issues it’s not the best horror-thriller offering…” Cryptic Rock

“The movie never has a low-budget look and it makes great use of its picturesque Scottish locations.  There is one scene with some stoners which feels woefully out of place, but Vickers manages to maintain a level of tension otherwise. Matriarch doesn’t re-invent the wheel – it doesn’t even come close – but it does show that some old stories still work.” DVD Sleuth

“The final act of Matriarch certainly delivers. The question is whether the familiar elements of the film’s first hour, however well told, are worth sitting through to get to it. I was well enough entertained but I can imagine some folk’s attention will be wandering.” Voices from the Balcony


Matriarch is available on DVD, Digital, and On-Demand via Lionsgate on April 9, 2019.

Cast and characters:

  • Charlie Blackwood … Rachel Hopkins
  • Julie Hannan … Agnes Fairbairn
  • Scott Vickers … Matt Hopkins
  • Alan Cuthbert … Bob Fairbairn
  • Briony Monroe … Faith Fairbairn / Ellie Adams
  • Thoren Ferguson … David Fairbairn
  • Martin Murphy … Luke Fairbairn
  • Kris McDowall … Jason
  • Cameron Fulton … Stu
  • David Friel … Armed Police Officer
  • Anne Kane Howie … Paramedic
  • Andrew Kelly … Paramedic
  • Alex Martin … Police Officer

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