Here’s my Hereditary review which is directed by Ari Aster and stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne.
Oh my god this film.
Not only do we deal with supernatural topics here, we’re also treated to some of the most shocking and surprising horror stuff for 2018.
God damn this movie was unsettling. Actually unsettling isnt the right word to use for this flick. Maybe terrifying should do the trick? Yeah lets work with terrifying.
The level of creepiness in this film goes from mild and by the time it ends, its dialed up to eleven for all the good reasons. Cinematography was top notch and you’ll know it because the movie mesmerizes you.It scares you to bits but you can’t help but watch on, hoping to see a glimmer of hope for the characters.
Alas there’s none.
Hereditary has a penchant for several things, decapitation and fire. Aside from the various decapitated heads that appear throughout the movie, horror fans will appreciate the quality of these gory scenes. We get all sorts of versions here from slow and agonizing to fast and quick ala that scene from Final Destination. If you think these scenes are there for shock value, you are miataken as these things slowly build up to the depressing yet satisfying ending.
Immolation is also a thing here. Its a visual equivalent to what we are slowly building to and what the movie has been hinting at. Hint, its structurally similar to the other classic horror film of recent memory, “The Witch”.
Hereditary sure loves its symmetry like the start we are set up with minatures and by the time the end credits roll, the camera pulls back to reveal, you guessed it, a minature play set.
I’d like to say for this Hereditary review that the film is going to be one of those instant classic horror movies that’s not just depressing and unsettling but also a huge mindfuck.
Beware though the film has A LOT of scary and disturbing images. If you cant stomach these things, you would be wise to skip the film entirely.
Hereditary Review – Verdict