2018 (UK), Horror/Thriller, 2h 7m
Starring: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne & Ann Dowd
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.
Could Hereditary follow in Get Out’s success and grab a few Oscar nods for 2019? It sure deserves to.
Hereditary feels like a new horror landmark that puts a unique face on things that go bump in the night. This clammy, creeping movie is deeply rooted in the classic horrors from the 1960s, 70s and beyond, but it builds on them; it’s deliberate and severe, and it’s not afraid to cross a line or two.
Toni Collette is captivating and terrifying here and shows that acting in the horror genre doesn’t always have to be cheesy and over the top.
It was fresh to have no jump scares, the terror came from the creepy imagery and sound, and the faces of the terrified members of the family.
The cinematography is amazing, and smart – there are multiple scenes where you don’t know if you’re looking at the actual house, or the dolls house, and the camera pans in to the residents moving around. Really ambitious, and really exciting.