Here is my review for “Hereditary“. I have been waiting on this movie since the first moment I heard about it. It’s the talked about horror movie of the year. Brought to you by A24 Films. They have been giving you quality for years now, “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” “Green Room” “Witch” “It Follows” “Under the Skin“. Thank you A24 Films!
Okay back to the film. Okay so this movie starts off moody, weird, sad and scary. Toni Collette’s mother dies and Toni and her family are left trying to deal with her death and the weird shit surrounding it. She has a creepy daughter named Charlie who is running around cutting heads off birds and shit. More creepy ass deaths happen, which causes the family unit to come unraveled into a living nightmare. Now Toni is trying to understand all the deaths in this story. Then supernatural elements come into play in a creepy fucked up way. Obviously I am dancing around the plot so I don’t give things away.
Okay this movie really is nerve-racking as fuck! You will be uneasy watching it the ENTIRE time! My neck was sore when it was over from being tensed up the whole time. It really is a great horror movie that needs to be seen. You will leave thinking about it and might even see ghosts in the shadows of your own room. “Scary” is relative now. So what scares you will not scare me and vice versa. The news is scarier than any horror movie these days, so ya know, but you can still understand what being afraid is. Put yourself in the situation and how it would feel. What is more scary than your crazy ass family doing fucked up shit to you? Your family members dying and not leaving etc. This movie is really about that, the family unit, and how sometimes your parents aren’t so great or they think certain things are in your best interest whether they are fucked up or not. True horror is the family unit. The supernatural elements are just a cherry on top in this film. You will be afraid if you let yourself be. Don’t be an asshole. Ask yourself what movie scared you lately and why?
Toni Collette is so good in this movie. She gave you all the fuckin emotions and sold the shit out of it. She really is talented. Her son is played by Alex Wolff and he was amazing too. There are scenes were he is crying out loud, making noise. Some people in the audience laughed at this and I realized you never really see guys crying “honestly” in film. It’s usually just tears, but this character is broken and it’s real. He is truly horrified and upset. There are so many scenes about life and family that feel real. It will remind you of things that you have experienced in your own life. Are we screwed to live out the choices our parents made for us? Can you break a cycle and move on? When the crazy supernatural elements kick in you will also be scared for sure. I am trying not to give a way a lot here. So just see it. The score is playing pretty much the entire film and it really adds to the uneasiness of the film. Yes it’s nerve-racking. Yes it’s gory. Yes it feels real. Yes it’s fucked up. I love the ending too, because it’s weird and insane. If you go in with an open mind you will love this film. If you go in pissed and jaded saying “This film better be scary” you will probably hate it. Also there are serious horror films and roller coaster horror films. Yes, you can love both too. They are different types of movies. “Horror” is a lot of things. You can love “Insidious” and yet still love the “Witch”. Don’t be a horror dick. This movie is great and Toni deserves and Oscar for that shit. The director Ari Aster really did an amazing job of keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire time but still making it thought-provoking and real. Go see it. I left the theater creeped out and depressed and uneasy.
B. Look at this fucked up scene.
C. Alex Wolff was great and broken in this movie.
D. Ari Aster for his first big feature film he gave you that shit. He says he is doing another horror movie next and that he loves horror movies.
E. Will you become your parents or family, or can you transcend and move forward. Save yourself!
F. Colin Stetson composed the score. I loved it. He is relatively new composer. Here is a sample.
G. The end credit song was amazing.
H. This poster sums it up. Sad, broken, and haunted.