When Ellen 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.
Director: Ari Aster
Cast: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, Gabriel Byrne
Rated R for horror violence, disturbing images, language, drug use and brief graphic nudity
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Runtime: 2h 7min
Hereditary is a classic horror film fans dream. Ari Aster, who wrote and directs, is clearly a fan of 70’s and 80’s horror films and he mines a handful of tropes to deliver an emotionally mature and nerve grinding experience. Aster’s film is a slow burn decent into madness. It’s efficient and effective as it sets up the film’s plot by dropping tidbits of information here and there. It demands the audience’s attention, asking them to pay close attention to little details. At its center is Toni Collette who delivers an incredible performance. Collette gives the kind of performance that’s sure to join the annals of horror performances like Jack Nicholson in The Shining or Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby. Milly Shapiro fills the creepy kid quotient leaving an impression in a limited performance. Gabriel Byrne is appropriately worried throughout while Alex Wolff is increasingly terrorized. Hereditary is one of those films that linger with you after you leave the theater, usually the hallmark of the best kind of horror films.