Directed by Ari Aster. US. 2018. R. 2 hours 6 minutes. A24. Digital.
Fri., June 8, 2018 thru Thu., June 28, 2018
The Graham family starts to unravel following the death of their reclusive grandmother. Even after she’s gone, the matriarch still casts a dark shadow over the family, especially her loner teenage granddaughter, Charlie, whom she always had an unusual fascination with. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, their peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their mother to explore a darker realm in order to escape the unfortunate fate they’ve inherited.
“A harrowing story of unthinkable family tragedy that veers into the realm of the supernatural, Hereditary takes its place as a new generation’s The Exorcist…for some, it will spin heads even more savagely. As with so much inspired horror, from Rosemary’s Baby to 2014’s psychologically acute The Babadook, the movie gets its breath and a palpable sense of unraveling identity from a fearless female performance, this time by Toni Collette, the revered Australian actor capable of sustained fits of mania.” – Time Out’s Joshua Rothkopf
“The Babadook and It Comes at Night comparisons will undeniably be made, but Aster is actually recalling the more European styles of Roman Polanski and Dario Argento, men unafraid to work in more symbolic, nightmarish registers than what audiences expect from a traditional horror movie and willing to really go there.” – RogerEbert.com’s Brian Tallerico