Release year: 2018
Director: Ari Aster
Screenwriter: Ari Aster
Starring: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne, Ann Dowd, Mallory Bechtel, Jarrod Phillips, Jake Brown
After her mother passes away Annie (Collette) starts unraveling family secrets. When tragedy hits the family again, she understands she needs to get to the bottom of things before it is too late.
Hereditary is a one of a kind horror movie, atmospheric, disturbing and quite frankly weird, it crawls under you skin and haunts you there for a bit. The slow pace it uses to carefully build up the horror leads your thought to the classic horror movies from 50 years ago like Don’t Look Now (1973) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and like those, this is not one everyone will appreciate. Aster cleverly starts by zooming in on a doll house leading us to a room with the main characters. For the rest of the movie you occasionally see the rooms from the same perspective, leaving you with the sense of watching characters in a doll house. It adds to the impression that you don’t know what is going on in this ‘game’ we see played out on screen. As always Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006) is amazing, as is Byrne (The Usual Suspects, 1995). But it is still Wolff (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, 2016) and newcomer Shapiro that impress most with especially Shapiro delivering an eerie performance that you can’t imagine anyone else play with the same impact. The weirdness of the movie and the slow pace, as well as the long running time, removes something from the horror experience, but it tends to grow on you in afterthought. Not for everyone but certainly something else than your average slasher film.
Beside the feature film debut of Milly Shapiro, the movie is also the directorial debut of Ari Aster.
Picture copyrights: NF Film
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