Ari Aster (director)
Palmstar Media (studio)
127 min (length)
15 June 2018 (released)
02 June 2018
Following the death of her estranged and secretive mother, Annie is trying to juggle her grief and her family’s. Charlie, her teenage daughter, seems particularly affected by the loss. A tragic accident will send Annie on a dark, mystical quest to the beyond.
Hereditary is Ari Aster’s film direction debut and that is probably one of the reasons why this film is unlike any other horror film. The realisation is clever; the scenery is working in perfect cohesion with the soundtrack and both complement each other, becoming true characters of the film.
The scary factor doesn’t come from cheap jump scares but from a nervous tension, subtlety turned up or down, like a volume button. The sound effects are wonderfully eerie and haunting, which adds up to the nervousness the viewers will feel.
Toni Collette delivers an outstanding performance which is a true balancing act between sanity and reason. Her character goes through the loss of her past and the loss of her future. Her pain is raw; her despair is relatable and her quest to fix a painful situation perfectly understandable.
Accompanied by a young impressive cast – Alex Wolff plays the troubled Peter and Milly Shapiro brings creepy Charlie to life – Toni Collette plays a woman on the verge of insanity, fighting to be heard and trusted.
Every single detail matters to the story and has a meaning. From Annie’s odd miniature reproductions, to Peter’s absences, to Charlie’s uncanny behaviour; everything was thought through and brought on screen for a reason.
If you like horror films but find you haven’t feel truly scared in a while, do rush to see Hereditary, for it will linger in your mind and make your stomach drop at every clicking sound you’ll hear.
Hereditary will be released in UK cinemas on June 15.