Hereditary

Hereditary ★★★★½

Over the past few years we've seen great accomplishments in horror films by first-time directors such as Robert Eggers (The VVitch), Jordan Peele (Get Out), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Julia Ducournau (Raw). And it's pretty hard to believe that but Hereditary is Ari Aster's debute feature. Filmmaking is exceptional and igniting, Ari Aster is holding you in your seat from the very first to the very last second.

This movie tells a story of a family that consists of a son Peter played by Alex Wolff, a father Steve played by Gabriel Byrne, a mother Annie played by Toni Collette and a daughter Charlie played by Milly Shapiro. The grandmother has passed away and left a curse on the family as a kind of inheritance. Through telling a story about an every family's demons Ari Aster with Hereditary actually tells a story about grief and guilt which you can't let go so it lingers there deep in your heart and eventually emerges in the reality to hunt you down until you are dead. With that basis Hereditary reminds me a lot of Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now that also deals with the same topic about grief and just like Hereditary represents itself as a horror film when in fact they're both family dramas.

Probably the most unsettling thing about Hereditary is its ordinariness that sets perfect atmoshere for a psychological horror film, you feel like in that ordinariness is hiding the true evil and when nothing happens in the next scene you just get more intense. And yet the way the scenes are shot and blocked doesn't really look like a horror film and this fact makes me love Hereditary and Ari Aster even more.

As for the cast they're all great but escpecially Toni Collette who fucked me up for good, a one truly Oscar-worthy performance. And in general it's just a pure joy to watch how the entir family losing their shit.

Hereditary isn't an ordinary horror film, I think the last time when I was so tense were my viewings of Rosemary's Baby and Don't Look Now from which Ari Aster delicately borrows ideas both stylistically and symbolically.

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