When I saw the trailer for #A24
’s latest gift from above, #Hereditary
, I knew I wanted to see it more than anything else this summer. I don’t find a lot of interest in horror movies these days (we live in an age where we get movies like #TheByeByeMan
. Can you blame me?), but I took an immediate interest in “Hereditary,” and seconds in, so will you.
The film is the directorial debut of #AriAster
, and needless to say, I can’t wait for what he has in store next. Aster is a true natural; his attention to detail, let alone his gift for crafting suspense and storytelling, truly makes him a name to look out for.
Honest to God, I think I could gush all day about how much I loved “Hereditary” and why, but to do so wouldn’t be fair on those who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it yet. So I’ll try to keep it brief.
“Hereditary” isn’t a slow burn, necessarily, but you never know where the hell its going, and that’s part of its genius. Aster keeps you in the dark much of the time, but yet by the time you reach the film’s totally bonkers climax, not only will you be creeped the fuck out, but you’ll be begging for more to unfold, even if you’re covering your eyes at what’s about to unfold.
I didn’t find “Hereditary” scary, necessarily. But it did creep the shit out of me, particularly in its final stretches. The last five minutes are so haunting and so fucking creepy, if I close my eyes and picture the spectacle, I get an immediate chill. My jaw hit the floor.
Ah, but alas, there’s really one main person to thank here (aside from Aster, who also wrote the script) and that’s #ToniCollette
and especially #AnnDowd
are effective in supporting turns, but this show belongs to Collette. As a long time fan, I can tell you that not only does she give the year’s greatest performance thus far, but she also gives the best performance of her career.
Perhaps not everyone will dig “Hereditary,” but I loved every minute of it. It’s a daring, freaky piece of work that deserves to be dissected, discussed, and appreciated. No matter what your reaction is, forgetting it won’t be an option.
It’s one of the year’s best films.