Archive: Hereditary (2018) A Review

And we again dive into the bottomless list of well loved 2018 movies that I completely missed.  And this is one freaking masterfully made horror movie, I can see what the fuss was about.

Certificate: 15

Director: Ari Aster

Screenwriter: Ari Aster

Starring: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne

Genre: Horror, Drama

Runtime: 127 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Well, wasn’t this a fun fun way of kicking off my weekend.  This isn’t a viewing experience that I will repeat again soon, and I don’t mean that in a detrimental way.  It was incredibly hard to watch at times and terrifying the rest of the time, and as much as that made this a horror masterpiece, it takes a very strong stomach to get through.

After the death of her mother, Annie and her family all turn to a lot of unhealthy means to cope with their grief.  But after another family tragedy, the family start to experience otherworldly things and discover a dark and secretive past to their family that has haunted them for generations.

I had heard tale of this horror movie, so hyped and so terrifying that people were walking out of the theatres.  But I have heard those rumours about a lot of horror films, so I didn’t put much stock in it, but holy cow, this film is a freaking horror masterpiece.  And not in the big flashy, jump scary way that a lot of films rely on.  This film ramps up the suspense an inch at a time and the closer we get to the end of the film, the crazier things get.  It doesn’t let up for a second and it genuinely unsettled me.

Toni Colette deserves so much credit for her performance here.  Amongst people who saw the film, there was a lot of discussion around her performance being award worthy and being one of the best of the year.  But when award season rolled around of course, as a rule, horror films get the short end of the stock and she was overlooked.  But she well and truly deserved that recognition.  Her performance in this film in spectacular. 

The editing and cinematography of the film make it oddly beautiful to watch despite its harrowing subject matter and the music really adds to terrifying atmosphere. 

It is one of those films that it makes you terrified to watch, and you feel so damn uncomfortable the entire time, but you can’t look away, because you have to see how the story ends, even if you are pretty certain it won’t be good.

If you are fan of the more cerebral form of horror movies, then I am fairly certain you will love this.  If you like your horror movies jumpy and gory then this one may not be for you at all.  But either way I would highly recommend that you give it a go, but maybe during the day, with all the lights on, and with friends.

Hereditary is available to buy on physical media and from digital online retailers like Amazon Video.

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