As a huge horror movie aficionado, I was quite excited to see Hereditary. I mean who does not have family secrets that they want to keep a secret? As minor as it may be I’m sure you have them as well. I know I do (and it involves me….ask me about it later!). The Graham family has a huge secret that is worth keeping to themselves after Annie’s mother, Ellen, passes away.
The movie takes us through all the turmoil and aftermath of a death that families endure. Annie’s grief for a parent that she did not have a close relationship with unravels the whole family as mysterious and sometimes deadly encounters affect the family. Day after day pieces of the past are revealed in a all out battle to keep the Graham alive and together.
The overall premise of the movie has great promise and there are defiantly moments that make you jump out of your seat. I found the concept fascinating and wanting to know more about Ellen’s history and what it really did mean for the Graham family. Unfortunately, by the end, we were left with more questions than answers. Nothing was really answered and there was no connection between events and information given. Toni Collette gave a strong performance overall and that boosted the movie. Hereditary could become one of those cult classics that always gives way to theorists or just maybe there will be a second movie that gives us all the answers we were waiting for.
Hereditary Official Trailer:
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. 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. Staring Toni Collette, Gabriel Bryne, Ann Dowd, Milly Shapiro, and Alex Wolff (A24) Rated R.