Hereditary is a 2018 horror drama film directed by Ari Aster. It stars Toni Colette, Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro. The film is about a family who has just recently lost their grandmother. However, once they begin to experience supernatural hauntings in their house, they soon dig up horrifying facts about their past.
I can understand why some are calling it a masterpiece, but for me it’s a flawed horror flick at best. There are some genuinely horrific moments that will haunt my memories for a very long time, but there are also some moments in the film that I just wanted to fall asleep in.
TONI COLETTE: The role was so physically and emotionally demanding, but she pulled it off fantastically. There are a few scenes that stand out, but there wasn’t a single second of the film where she didn’t look like a world-class actress.
DIRECTION: The scares aren’t particularly fast-paced and quick, but rather slow and trustworthy of it’s audience. The way the horror was handed in this film was clearly clever, and when you actually see where the ghosts are, chills immediately go down your spine. They don’t claw at the screen or jump out of nowhere, but they slowly and gradually haunt you in the corners of the room to ensure it really unsettles you.
PACING: The second act did not have to exist. If it did, it should have been shortened or at least could have had some horror sprinkled around. Instead, we are left with a good hour of no scares whatsoever. Instead, we are treated to slow-paced conversations and filler.
ENDING: The film spoils itself towards the ending with a generic and rather cliche reveal as to what has been haunting the family this whole time.
Worth it?: 3/5
SCORE: 6.8/10. #hereditary