Hereditary Movie Review


Hereditary Movie Review

By Joseph Way

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Hereditary (2018) is by far one of the most suspenseful and genuinely terrifying movies released last year. This film, being the full length production debut for Ari Aster, yet again proclaims that the horror genre has not fizzled out as it once seemed, but is in many ways experiencing the revitalizing renaissance that the genre has so desperately needed

     Asters' 2011 short film, The Strange Thing About The Johnsons, displayed that he had excellent skill not only as a crafty director, but as a masterful screenwriter as well and this is showcased repeatedly in Hereditary. This tour de force without a doubt proves that the once disappointing and fading horror genre has fought and clawed it's way back from the potential grave it was prematurely lowered into. 

     As a longtime lover of cinema of the weird, macabre, and otherwise bizarre, I kept finding most horror and suspense movies lacking and often felt let down with many releases of the last decade. Overuse of repetitive tropes, predictable jump-scares, and similar timeworn plots convoluted the beloved genre. The remake fueled sequel/prequel phenomenon had reigned far too long implying little originality was left. Thankfully, noteworthy debut films such as The VVitch (2015), Get Out (2017), and now Hereditary have delivered a weighted influential gut punch to the industry.

     Toni Collette delivers an amazing performance as Annie Graham, a mother whose life slowly descends into madness after the death of her cold and distant mother. This event is the catalyst that thrusts the entire family into a bizarre series of tragic happenings that summons an unexpected and unpredictable Argento-esque climax. 

     Hereditary is a powerful, yet polarizing work that gives a friendly nod to the Italian giallo films of the 1970's and '80s while frameworked with a modern setting and grim atmosphere. Though at times this film can be a slow burn, the final act will leave viewers breathless and immensely disturbed. There's no doubt this feature will end up a cult classic.

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