Motherly looked like a promising new revenge thriller with a pretty solid cast, from distributors The Horror Collective. The film is set up as a home invasion gone wrong. A mother and her 9-year old daughter are set upon by a married couple who have come to settle a score. You can watch Motherly now on Demand and digital. Its premiere was on November 16th, 2021.
There is plenty to like about Motherly. The story plays to the tune of a mother left to figure things out after her husband is put behind bars. When news of his suicide surfaces, Kate can’t bring herself to tell her daughter Beth. Instead, she looks for solace in the arms of the local detective who delivered the message. Craig David Wallace, the director, has done some excellent work previously. He helmed 8-episodes of the horror series Slasher in 2016. Nonetheless, Motherly is predictable. In addition, despite leaving the big reveal to the very end, frames a loose picture of how everything came about.
The characters all mesh together cohesively and what I liked about the dynamic ends up thrown under the proverbial bus when the pieces finally get put together. I’m not going to spoil Motherly for anyone. I have included a sealed spoiler section after the rating explaining the ending of Motherly.
The pacing is tight and the run time is a perfect fit. Everything moves forwards without too much banter or unused space. Effects are also convincingly laid out. Motherly dips its broken and bloodied fingers into the horror arena with a few graphic scenes depicting torture and of course, some stabbing.
Motherly is Inspired by Real Events
Generally though, Motherly is a high-end thriller. Even an interesting backstory inspired the movie based on a true story. The real-life tale of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka is where writers Ian Malone and Craig David Wallace drew from. According to the story, Bernado and Homolka were two Canadian serial killers. Although circumstances are a little different from the film, the feelings of those affected by crimes that go unpunished enough are brought to the surface in Motherly. Alongside how far a devoted parent will go to protect their own children, the horror and thriller film does aspire to themes of this nature.
I give Motherly
3 tragically predictable outcomes out of 5
What Happened at the End of MOTHERLY?
Motherly Official Thriller Movie Trailer
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Director: Craig David Wallace Writers: Ian Malone, Craig David Wallace.
Cast: Lora Burke (For The Sake Of Vicious), Tessa Kozma (A Christmas Carousel), Kristen MacCulloch (Psycho Goreman), and Nick Smyth (Flashpoint)