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Death isn’t the end but the beginning of the terrifying mysteries facing the Graham family in writer-director Ari Aster’s debut feature. When the difficult matriarch of the family passes away, processing their grief should be the biggest hurdle facing her remaining family: her daughter Annie (Toni Collette), Annie’s husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne), and their children Peter (Alex Wolff) and Charlie (Milly Shapiro). But it soon becomes clear that Annie’s mother cast a long shadow, over Charlie in particular – and she may not be as dearly departed as they think. Her death has set off a chain reaction, unraveling the cryptic secrets in Annie’s ancestry and unleashing very real dangers her family can only begin to understand. What terrible fate have they inherited?
- Alex Wolff
- Gabriel Byrne
- Toni Collette
- Milly Shapiro
- Christy Summerhays
- Morgan Lund
- Mallory Bechtel
- Jake Brown
- Harrison Nell
- BriAnn Rachele
Did You Know?
- This was the fourth A24 movie to get a wide release after The Witch (2015), Free Fire (2016) and It Comes at Night (2017).
- (at around 47 mins) When Joan writes down her phone number, she folds the piece of paper before giving it to Annie. Later, when Annie looks at this paper in her workshop, there is no crease, indicating that the paper was never folded.
- Joan: You didn't kill her, Annie.
- Annie: What?
- Joan: She isn't gone.
Atom User Reviews
I believe people are seeing this for the wrong reason. If you want your typical horror movie you been conditioned to like: Jumpscares every 15mins and typical horror tropes, than THIS IS NOT YOUR MOVIE. This movie is a slow moving but heavily detail oriented film. It operates in belief that you will follow many scenes details and leave clues all over the film. Its wonderfully shot and long takes make moment feel unsettling. There is gore and many interesting concepts but its a hard story to follow and understand on the first viewing. This is what the horror genre (imo) should be unsettling imagery but also unsettling atmosphere not relying on a cheap scare tactic.
I feel compelled to defend this film because it was just that amazing! The people who are leaving bad reviews just.don't. get it. I mean this film is a horror masterpiece. A true horror film, it messes with your insides, it leaves you feeling defiled by the end of the film. It was awesome hearing the reactions in the theater especially during "that" first scene after the party. The director of this film directed the short "The Strange Thing About the Johnsons," so it's no surprise that this movie will shock you and it will leave you feeling some type of way for a good while, imo this is exactly what a horror film should do. Make your own judgment and watch this film.
Hereditary is weighty horror that builds to an impossibly heavy finale, the metaphorical implications of which land on the heart like a ton of bricks.
Hereditary takes the core haunting element of a spirit with a malevolent agenda and runs with it in a seemingly endless series of unexpected directions over two breathless hours of escalating terror that never slackens for a minute.
Grief, guilt and family dysfunction prove to be overwhelming forces in Hereditary, a supremely elegant and tonally assured horror movie that trusts its audience will acquiesce to its measured, absorbing storytelling style.