Hereditary – Movie Review

Official Synopsis:

When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.

Review Summary:

Horror films have always been a staple of my film-loving life, but lately, mainstream horror has been mostly disappointing. Gems like Get Out have raised the bar, but indie horror is really where it’s at. Hereditary proves that.

It’s been ages since a horror film has genuinely scared me. This film was tense from the opening frame, and remained effective all the way up to the final haunting images.

Toni Collette is astonishing in this role, in a performance that should garner her an Oscar nomination. Her last nom was also a horror film, The Sixth Sense. Clearly, she’s right at home in this genre.

Hereditary is worth seeing for hardened genre fans as well as film buffs who want to examine the makings of a horror master in director Ari Aster. I’m thoroughly impressed.

(See the above video review for a more in-depth discussion)

Grade: A

Directed by: Ari Aster

Starring: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Ann Dowd, Alex Wolff

MPAA Rating: R for horror violence, disturbing images, language, drug use and brief graphic nudity

Run Time: 127 min

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