Hereditary is a 2018 American supernatural psychological horror drama film written and directed by Ari Aster, in his feature directorial debut. It stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne as a family haunted after the death of their secretive grandmother.
When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.
Why It Rocks
- One of the most terrifying modern horror films in a long time.
- A unique story where a family suspects they've inherited demons from their elders.
- Toni Collette gives off the performance of her career, with a ton of sense of fear in her character Annie. Her amazing acting is shown when Annie lashes out at Peter while the family is eating dinner.
- In fact, everybody in the movie gives off amazing performances, even the minor characters.
- The terrific performances in the film make the movie as if it's real life and not something made out of fiction.
- Ari Aster gives off great direction, even for his first feature film.
- The film heavily relies on dread and atmosphere rather than cheap jump-scares, with dark scenes and suspense.
- Despite the rare amounts of jump-scares, its dread and atmosphere are enough to scare the hell out of the viewer.
- The plot's very original and it's full of twists and turns.
- The film is not a "fun" horror movie. It's dark, depressing, disturbing, hard to watch, and incredibly unbearable with its intensity levels.
- Plenty of shocking moments for a horror film.
- Extremely beautiful and haunting cinematography that makes the movie feel more like a nightmare from hell.
- Hauntingly amazing soundtrack and score by Colin Stetson, which only adds to the scare factor. Even Judy Collins' "Both Sides, Now" plays at the end credits.
- The film is definitely not for the easily disturbed due to its horrific imagery and unsettling content.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 89% based on 335 reviews, and an average rating of 8.25/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100, based on 49 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".