‘Every family tree hides a secret.’
Hereditary is a 2018 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Ari Aster; it stars Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd and Milly Shapiro.
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited…
A24 (The Killing of a Sacred Deer; The Monster; The Witch) is releasing Hereditary theatrically later this year. Meanwhile, the film will have its world premiere at the Sundance Festival on January 28th.
“Amazingly confident for a debut feature, Hereditary is first-class genre filmmaking. It’s hard for me to imagine seeing a more frightening movie this year—especially after the full-bore climax, which features images that will stay lodged uncomfortably in my mind (and possibly my bad dreams) for who knows how long.” A.A. Dowd, The A.V. Club
“Viewers will get a thoughtful story of grief told through great performances, but what they’ll come for is the scares, and Hereditary shines in this department. Writer-director Ari Aster uses shadow and misdirection to great effect, providing many moments to rile audiences, while also offering moments of shocking, blunt violence as well.” Evan Saathoff, Birth. Movies. Death.
“I didn’t think the film had scared me, but I was very, very wrong. Hereditary will stick with you long after you’ve left the theater. You will want to talk about it. You will want to see it again (I most certainly do). It is a film that will no doubt reward the viewer on repeat viewings, that is if you can stomach it.” Trace Thurman, Bloody Disgusting
” …takes hold and never truly lets up as more truths are revealed and the outcome grows more terrifyingly inevitable. Hereditary is a fantastic horror film that pairs its scares with real emotion, and that combination sees each aspect enhance the other. You’ll remember this one long after the credits end.” Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
” …even as Aster soars into Grand Guignol territory, Hereditary keeps a tight hold on its story sense. What makes the movie so satisfying is that while it turns steadily into a batshit-crazy collision of the supernatural and the classically mythological, the family dynamic remains firmly in play.” David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“It does some unflinching things with the process of grief and family dynamics and then inverts them in an almost perverse way. It’s a mean-spirited movie, its goal is to fuck you up and it entirely worked on me. From where I’m sitting, there is no way that this film doesn’t end up on my top 5 list at the end of the year.” Trey Hillburn III, iHorror
“Before it becomes an ultra-creepy haunted house movie, Hereditary is an almost-unbearable study of the grieving process […] Then something far more terrifying happens. Despite some occasional clichéd jump scares, Hereditary excels at permeating a convincing environment of despair with first-rate horror.” Eric Kohn, IndieWire
” …Hereditary seeks to confound by swinging between moments of controlled Kubrick-ian terror and unhinged emotional hysteria. There were walkouts. There were people complaining when they marched through the snow to the bus. Even Aster appeared uncomfortable answering questions about the film, which so clearly comes from a place of real pain.” Dan Jackson, Thrillist
“Creepy drawings, fiery seances and decapitated floating corpses are just a few of the relentless scares that will haunt your nightmares after watching Hereditary, which grounds its thrills in harrowing family drama, and manages to make well-trodden genre tropes feel fresh with twisted humor and minimal special effects.” Patrick Ryan, USA Today
” …Hereditary isn’t entirely bleak and grim. There’s a ribbon of dark humor running throughout, particularly in its wild climax, punctuated by a wicked final song choice […] I left the theater feeling a little rattled, a little spent, and entirely relieved that I’d made it through.” Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
” …what viewers will discover is that the movie, unlike almost every mainstream horror film you see these days, has the substance to match its scares. It gets at something sophisticated: the way that mental and emotional damage becomes part of a family’s spirit, and is therefore passed on as if it were… a spirit. Wherever you stand on the subject of paranormal activity, this is a drama attuned to the ghosts of parent-child communion that live in all of us.” Owen Gleiberman, Variety
” …perhaps since Aster was inspired by his own family, he puts a lot of work into building the connections between the characters. He’s invested not just in their survival, but their emotional health, and their connections with each other. Which makes it all the more tragic as Hereditary threatens these things in turn, cruelly and effectively. It’s a merciless film, crafted for maximum effect.” Tasha Robinson, The Verge
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