Matriarch was written and directed by Scott and shot entirely in Scotland on a 500 acre farm in Balfron, Stirlingshire.
Matriarch follows pregnant couple Rachel and Matt Hopkins, who crash their car in the Scottish countryside and are offered shelter by a local farmer and family.
That evening Rachel and Matt realise the farmer’s daughter is a missing child from the news years before.
As they attempt to leave the farm and get help, the farmer and his ‘daughter’ capture and imprison Rachel and Matt.
And it soon becomes clear they want their baby…
Matriarch’s story was considered so disturbing that two crew members pulled out of the project, unable to cope with its dark, haunting themes.
Of course, the film is certain to be at home at Glasgow Horror Fest, with previous award winning films being the unnerving folk horror Dogged, and eerie documentary Bella In The Wytch Elm.
Speaking about the film’s inspiration, Vickers said: “Beneath the surface, Matriarch is essentially an exploration of the sacredness of family, and more specifically the bond between mother and child.
“It also looks at perceptions of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and how they can be interpreted depending on which lens you look through.”
He continued: “The horror/thriller genre allowed me to create an environment in which to push this debate to its extreme.”