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Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.



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When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.

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Toni Collette
as Annie Graham
Milly Shapiro
as Charlie Graham
Alex Wolff
as Peter Graham, Peter
Gabriel Byrne
as Steve, Steve Graham
Mark Blockovich
as Support Group Member
John Forker
as Funeral Attendee
Zackary Arthur
as Hispanic Boy
Shane Morrisun
as Cult Member
Jake Brown
as Brendan
Heidi Mendez
as Grieving Mexican Wife
Rachelle Hardy
as Cult Member
Marilyn Miller
as Woman In the Tree
Jason Miyagi
as High School Partier
A.J. Moss
as Student
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  • Apr 02, 2019
    Incredibly dull and disturbing, Hereditary is a poorly made horror film. The story follows an artist who turns to witchcraft to contact her daughter when she dies in a car accident, but she soon discovers that she's awakened an evil spirit. Toni Collette gives a fairly decent performance, but the rest of the cast is pretty bad. And the script isn't very good either, as it takes forever to get to the plot. The pacing is excruciatingly slow and the aesthetic is cold and drab. Hereditary is a trying film that's hard to watch and offers little to no payoff.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2019
    This messed up film was on my top 9 of 2018. It is a journey and it is only full of dread. There are moments that are too much and it's tough to watch. I get the divided audience review, much like The Witch. It is not straight forward horror and that is hard to gain an audience. Collette should have taken out best actress, her performance is amazing. Byrne is rock solid in support and it's great to see him in a role that deserves his presence. The film spirals to the finale and if you cannot board the train, it won't sit well for you. This is a film that audiences will find in the coming years and I feel the word of mouth will be kind. The critics loved it, but the audience was divided, which is a good thing. It will be reassessed by the audience, not the critics who have tricked the audience into thinking this is a straight forward horror film. The film has all the qualities of a horror classic to endure the test of time and I suspect this will be something of a long term cult classic. Great filmmaking and one film that will sit with you after the conclusion. 09/03/2018
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2019
    This year's artsy horror movie in the vein of The Witch or It Comes At Night, Hereditary will be a divisive film. I lean mostly towards liking it, but not at the impressive level a lot of critics have given it. It's not the ultimate game changing horror movie a lot of critics are pushing it as, but it is a very well-constructed one. I went into it surprisingly knowing very little, and for most of the movie I really couldn't predict where it would go. There is one moment in particular (if you've seen it, you know the one) that was genuinely jaw-droppingly shocking to me. The moment wasn't shocking in it's violence, though there was that, but in how unexpected it was. I knew the film was horror, but that's it, and for a long time I couldn't guess exactly what type of horror it would fall into, and that's one of it's greatest strengths. Another great strength is the almost universally great performances and genuine writing. For the majority of the time, there is a voyeuristic quality to what's happening. The family feels real, their problems feel real, and how they treat each other feels real. It's immensely uncomfortable, but it's genuine. I do however have some issues with the movie. For one, it takes about an hour for things to really kick into gear. I understand forcing us to let our guard down, and that works, but it starts to drag after a while. However, then when things do kick off in the final act, it almost becomes a completely different movie. It almost works, but doesn't quite nail the landing. I give Hereditary a lot of credit for its ambition. At its best it's a film about a family dealing with grief and toxicity in their relationship through the lens of horror, but at it's worse it's either too campy or too dull. There's a lot of amazing stuff here, especially in the directing and performances, but it just doesn't quite nail it.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2019
    Let's be honest. The first hour is misery porn. You're watching people going through a nightmarish time in their lives after something so incredibly dreadful happens that you almost don't even wanna go on. The second half does enter horror territory, but remains in the unpleasant psychological genre for the longest time. The showdown does have one fantastic jump scare followed by a lot of WTF. Toni Collette and the other actors are great, but if I wanna feel hopeless and frustrated, I might as well watch the news.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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