Parents' Guide to

Matriarch

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Disturbing horror film has drugs, alcohol, sex, and gore.

Movie NR 2022 85 minutes
Closeup of half a woman's face with thick, black tears oozing from one eye while another woman's head looms ominously behind her.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

if they can handle it

i mean if your kids are mature enough. the movie is weird but its good. it shows a babys face getten eaten off by a woman (the protagonist is dreaming it). the protagonist dies from a cocaine overdose and comes back to life from black goo. the mother is shown spiking her daughters drink with pills and she drags her out of the house. the mother is shown having an orgy with over 15 people. a couple is shown having sex but they decay and become stuck together as the man is still alive. a man commits suicide with a fork, while two others drown themselves. the movie has a good story and is creepy from time to time but its good as long as your kids can handle it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Fans of horror movies, especially those who like them deeply disturbing and creepy, will find enough dark chills to enjoy this one and overlook its flaws. But the gore, sex, and substance abuse make Matriarch definitely not for kids. Sensitive viewers and those who may be triggered by substance abuse, disordered eating, and death by suicide should probably look elsewhere, too.

The overall story isn't terribly original, but there's an interesting take on the manifestation of ultimate evil. There are some plot holes and some odd, unexplained tidbits that may leave viewers wondering why they're in the movie at all. But the runtime is quick, the story clips along at a good pace, the acting is fine, and the sense of dread and fear permeates the whole experience.

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