This morning I popped along to my local cinema to watch new horror movie, Hereditary. Written and directed by Ari Aster, the film stars Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro and Alex Wolff and focuses on a small family, grieving following the loss of a grandparent.
How do I best describe Hereditary?
It’s also not going to be for everyone.
I say this because while I personally liked Hereditary, I appreciate that some audiences will leave the auditorium questioning what they’ve just seen. Others may not even make it to the end, simply because Hereditary plays the long game – this is a slow burner of a movie.
There are moments of true horror – there’s a scene in particular which will have audiences clutching their mouths in shock – but moments like these are kept to a minimum. In fact, there are large chunks of the movie where you could be forgiven for thinking you are watching some kind of traumatic melodrama and I think that’s why this movie may lose some people.
The film that is depicted in the trailer is not necessarily the one on screen. Oh, it’s there, but it plays differently than you might imagine.
My best advice? Throw out any preconceptions about what you might think you’re going to see. Instead, just let the movie take you and let the story play out.
Now, this is not to say that at times this film doesn’t have shades of other classic horror movies. To paraphrase Ridley Scott, this movie feels like it “shares DNA” with films such as Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Don’t Look Now (1973) and The Witch (2015), amongst others. If you like these films then you’ll like Hereditary. BUT, Hereditary is not one of these films – it just has a similar vibe.
What Hereditary is, is a thought-provoking, creepy two-hours, which will leave audiences with questions when they leave the cinema. I promise, the answers are all there, you just need to go back over it all.
As mentioned earlier, there are some shocking moments, with one scene in particular coming out of nowhere. I didn’t expect it and you won’t either.
There’s also some great acting, mostly coming from the ever reliable Toni Collette. Collette is the stand-out star of this movie and she really keeps things ticking over, but both Alex Wolff and Molly Shapiro play their roles well too.
All-in-all, I expect Hereditary to be the source of much discussion and to be namechecked in many future articles on the horror genre. I just don’t expect everyone to love it.