DVD Review: MATRIARCH

MATRIARCH was written and directed by Scott Vickers who stars alongside Charlie Blackwood, Scott Vickers, Julie Hannan and Alan Cuthbert.

This terrifying thriller unfolds as 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 realizes 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 labor. Will their child’s first day on earth be the couple’s last? 

This Scottish survival-thriller follows Rachel (Charlie Blackwood) and Matt (Scott Vickers), a wife and husband who crash their car out in the middle of nowhere. They end up walking down the road and come across Bob (Alan Cuthbert), a local farmer who wants them to get off his land until he notices that Rachel is pregnant. The farmer quickly changes his tone with them and calls his wife Agnes (Julie Hannan) to let her know that they’re going to have company and that their guests are expecting a baby. So, the couple arrives at the farmhouse and they’re welcomed in by the family but something seems a little off with the hosts. Rachel thinks that this family’s daughter is actually a girl that’s been missing for a while and it freaks her out.

It doesn’t take long for Rachel and Matt to see that things are’t right with this family but when they decide to sneak out and leave, they discover they’re trapped in a nightmare. The couple find themselves in a fight for survival and when Rachel ends up having her baby there, the crazy old woman that invited her in her home decides to claim it as her own. The couple gets separated for a while as each of them fight their own battle but the two reunite and decide to fight back in what becomes a deadly confrontation with their psychotic hosts. In the end, Rachel gets her baby back from the psychotic bitch of a hostess but it doesn’t come without a tragic sacrifice as well as a twist.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and specs. The DVD disc is flat grey and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Matriarch ended up being kind of a nice surprise because I went into this one with low expectations. Even though there’s nothing really special or original about Matriarch, the movie is an ambitious directorial debut from Scott Vickers who pulled triple duty on this passion project of his. The movie has a religious tone to it and when you combine that with a pregnancy you always get something eerie and unsettling that sometimes turns certain viewers away. In this case, we watch this couple fight for their lives against their sinister hosts that come with some shocking secrets. I liked the isolated setting and location because it helped tell the story and the actors were all in with their characters. The two female leads deliver some intense performances that pit good against evil in this chilling survival-thriller and Vickers was able to capture it all with the camera. Matriarch will be available on DVD on April 9th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 92 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

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