Here are some phrases that have been used to describe upcoming A24 horror movie Hereditary by people who have already seen the film: traumatically terrifying, terrifically unsettling, a harrowing story, and the most insane horror movie in years.
It’s also been called “a new generation’s The Exorcist,” while another reviewer said that Hereditary “features images that will stay lodged uncomfortably in my mind (and possibly my bad dreams) for who knows how long.”
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 as it slowly destroys everything they know. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
Owen Gleiberman of Variety described Hereditary like this…
There’s a conspiracy in “Hereditary” that gives you enough creepy shivers of dread to evoke the one in “Rosemary’s Baby.” The way the movie uses ghosts to tap the hidden impulses of its characters is very much in the mood of “The Shining.” And there’s a distinct touch of “The Wicker Man” in how the ghosts turn out to be a terrifying sort of cult. In “Hereditary,” they’re here to frighten and disturb us. But the most disquieting thing of all is that they are us.
Hereditary comes out on June 8, 2018.
Watch the first trailer here.
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