Hereditary

Hereditary

Couple engaging ideas about grief and trauma, completely subsumed by one-perfect-shot-ism and overbearing, histrionic horror cliche. Every image, every visual conceit has to be over-explained and drowned in "thematic significance." Nothing can just exist on screen, nothing is just meant to terrify. It all has to mean something, and thus it can rarely be truly frightening. It's part of the trend of horror movies that condescend to horror as a genre, stealing its trappings for use in dumb psychological chamber drama. Hereditary has little respect for or understanding of its predecessors, which makes for frustrating viewing. Still, Alex Wolff is phenomenal. He manages to sell some of the film's worst impulses.

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