‘Hereditary’ Film Review

Grade: A

Toni Collette and Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018)



I have never been so blown away by a horror movie quite like ‘Hereditary’; it is the most intense, disturbing, well-acted and directed movie I have seen since ‘A Quiet Place’. While both movies rely on suspense and tension, there is something unnerving about this movie. With its score and direction, every scene is enough to keep you on your toes, as you expect terror around every corner. It may not rely on jump scares, but it does not need to; ‘Hereditary’ succeeds in just about every aspect. It is reminiscent of old horror classics and makes you remember what made those movies terrifying in the first place.

If ever a horror movie would be dubbed “an instant classic”, it would be this film. It is kind of sad that most people have either avoided this movie, or hated it. I find it understandable, since most original pieces of work are considered too weird, offbeat, or downright dull and depressing. Based on previous films, A24 (the studio that distributed ‘Hereditary’) is no stranger to this type of entertainment, yet they are making their way as a successful studio for presenting movies of a unique nature. I always look forward to what A24 does, whether I actually get to see those movies or not.

‘Hereditary’ is one of their movies I got to see on the big screen, since it went wide (Now if all of their films would get the same treatment, they would be on their way to being a major film studio like Columbia and Paramount ended up being). How thankful I am to say that it is one of the best movies I have seen this year. As far as I have seen, horror movies are indeed getting better. Of course, major film studios are coming out with horror remakes/sequels/reboots in order to make a quick buck. It is quite refreshing to see something that took a lot of work and effort in order to make something truly special.

I dare you to watch ‘Hereditary’ and not feel at least a little unsettled by the goings-on in this movie. A lot of it comes from the Oscar-worthy performance by Toni Collette as a mother dealing with a tragedy that seems to plague her everywhere she goes; getting to the point where her husband (Gabriel Byrne) starts to think that she is losing her mind, and her teenage son (Alex Wolff) and young daughter (Milly Shapiro) start to become affected as well. The scariest thing is that this scenario could possibly happen in reality.

While I may not be able to reveal much about the story of ‘Hereditary’; I do not have to! It is a movie worth viewing only once, and may be in the annals of horror movie history.

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