After the death of her mother, Annie (Toni Collette) and her family are haunted by a series of tragic and disturbing events. The debut film from director/writer Ari Aster has been arguably dubbed the “scariest movie of 2018”
"...If you love nothing more than being freaked out by jump scares, with knife-wielding psychopaths around every corner or an apparition appearing out of nowhere, Hereditary won’t do it for you.
But if you’re looking for something that operates on a deeper psychological level while still searing into your brain some of the most disturbing visuals projected on screen, then strap in for quite an experience..."
"...But in essence, what I found most horrific about the film was the way that the previously safe ideals of family and home quickly became that fearful danger I had felt looming since the beginning of the film. I watched as every room in that house filled with evil, and how seemingly loving family members became the biggest threats.
In those end sequences of the film, Toni Colette's performance is a thing of true, savage beauty, and one that I continued to see every time I closed my eyes as I tried to fall asleep that night...."
"...Could Ari Aster's 'Hereditary' be the horror movie of the year? .."
"...Hereditary has it's own unsettling pace, enhanced by Pawel Pogorzelski's cinematography and design by Grace Yun... This is a strange, creepy film that didn't exactly have me hiding under the seat . But it certainly features some outstanding talent both in front of and behind the camera..."
..."Toni Collette’s performance is the stand-out. Oscar buzz is already brewing for the beloved Aussie actor, who gave the kind of emotional depth to Annie that renders her as neither wholly likeable or un-likeable, but entirely relatable. As a human that is quite literally falling apart at the seams, her facial expressions alone elicit concern, nevermind the confronting thoughts that she vocalises. Touching on themes of post-natal depression and grief, this film and Collette’s performance put me off motherhood in a way I wasn't expecting when I walked in."
"Hereditary will not be for everyone. Those into horror will love it, as will the curious. The rest will be amongst those leaving the cinema saying the blend of realistic drama and supernatural action confusing and overacted. Time will tell as more audiences see it."