Hot Take: The scariest horror film since 2016’s The Witch. One that might cause you to lose sleep. At 2-plus hours, Hereditary is frightening from the very beginning to the absolutely batshit crazy end. That’s a rare feat indeed.
It’s been a few days since seeing Hereditary and I still can’t quite shake it. There’s an aspect of the film that isn’t horror at all. Within one of the scariest, most horrific movies I’ve seen is a tragic look at a suffering family in inexplicable collapse. First time writer/director Ari Aster’s debut leaves an auspicious, creepy, unnerving impression. It has a vicious slow burn quality that until it hits its stride is basically a family drama. There’s plenty of freakiness going on. Whether it be Annie’s miniatures or Charlie’s clucking sound, there’s an ominous feel to the family drama which opens at grandma’s funeral but it feels like a family drama nonetheless. Once it does it its stride, Hereditary becomes one of the most horrific tales in recent memory and leaves an indelible impression on you that you might not forget for some time. I sure haven’t.
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