Hereditary

Hereditary ★★★★½

Cinematically assaulting. A spiraling, surreal nightmare. A detail oriented psychotic break, with just as much visual poetry as it has gut wrenching violent outbursts.

Hereditary is all of these things, and one of the most disturbing films I've ever seen.

There's so much story telling and thematic purpose in its subtley crafted storm of phychosis, built by background details and finely crafted scenes, that I know I absolutely need a rewatch before I can do it justice in a longer form review. 

For now I can say, this is the true horror masterpiece we've been waiting for in this horror renaissance. I've been saying for a while that Hollywood has revitalized the horror genre, but this is the piece we've been waiting for to solidify that. Hereditary breathes new life into the spiritual/paranormal horror film, taking the long route to craft something truly exhilarating. It exhudes creative terror from every moment it has you, but proves that even something this mind bendingly disturbing can still have a well thought out purpose beyond its horror. There's a lot still to take in for me personally, but this is a film about the very real fear of psychological trauma, the demons we inherit from that trauma, and the fear of it encompassing us and becoming our legacy.

Hereditary is one of the best horror movies to come out in years. I'm making it a point to wait on rewatches for newer films before giving them a top tier score, but I'm almost certain this one will get even better on my soon to come rewatch. Go see it, and take a friend. This is the best piece of work so far to come from a new wave of horror that we need more of. 


(Also, Toni Collete is a damn revelation in this. Best performance of the year so far, hands down.)

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