What is it?
The 2018 American supernatural psychological horror drama movie Hereditary.
What is it about?
This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, 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.
Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
The fact that both of them liked this movie surprised me, and so I decided that I would try to watch it eventually.
This was the director Ari Aster’s first feature length film, I had seen one of his short films before called The Strange Thing About The Johnsons which like this movie involves family and some crazy and unexpected and unsettling things that leave you not sure of what to think about it, and so if you watch that short film you will have a bit on an idea of what to expect from this movie.
To my surprise my brother GC decided that we should finally watch it, he probably did not expect to like it much, and so we watched it over the course of three days.
This was a slow burn psychological horror mystery movie in my opinion, it was more psychological mystery than horror, and from the very beginning there was always something subtle to make you think that something was not right.
Music, sound, silence, and subtle visuals were used to keep a subtle strange atmosphere going in the background almost at all times.
You would sometimes notice a light or something, and you would wonder what was that and was that real or imaginary.
There was something surprising that happened early in the movie, but most of the movie had us wondering where was this movie going and trying to figure out what was really going on.
Toni Collette had a standout performance, she had to jump between various modes and her performance was pretty raw and amazing in her facial expressions and body language and delivery and range, and some of the other actors and actresses did pretty good as well.
Part of one standout scene by Mrs. Collette was part of this scene:
I did not like how scenes would often jump to later leaving out many details, like a short film, and so there were lots of missed details which makes things even more mysterious as you struggle to figure out what this movie is really about.
This was the kind of movie that lingers with you a bit, it is not as scary as some people say, but it is the kind of movie that may have you sometimes being on alert or a bit scared days later if you notice or hear certain things or when you are alone in the dark.
I had some strange dreams one night after watching part of this movie, and each night since I have had moments in the dark where I have seen something and had to double-check to make sure that nothing was there.
The last thirty minutes of this movie gets pretty crazy and creepy and gruesome and it ended suddenly and confusingly leaving you wondering what just happened and not sure of what to think about this movie, I did not like how it ended at the very end, and it is the type of movie that I am not sure how I really felt about it overall.