Hereditary (Film)

Toni Collette and Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018)
Source: IMDb

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.

My Thoughts

It was Chris Stuckmann and Pu55nboot5gaming who made me want to watch this movie when they mentioned it in one of their videos:

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.

The end,

-John Jr


Working On The Library Website And Teleporting

This dream is unclear but part of it possibly was inspired by and possibly partly involved things from the movie Hereditary which I finished watching yesterday.

After watching the movie I fell asleep on the living room couch, I woke up after 7:20 thinking that it was Friday and that it was time to get up for work, and so I quickly sat up then I checked the time again to see that it as PM not AM.

At first I thought that maybe my watch was in the wrong time mode, then I checked what day it was, and then I realized that it was still Thursday; but by then I had forgotten my dreams.

Later I got in bed and I had various dreams, but now I barely remember part of my last dream.

I can not remember the parts of the dream that were somehow inspired by the movie Hereditary, but I do know that parts of the dream involved me being at work at The BP Library working in the IT Department trying to edit some things on the library website.

I was trying to adjust things in HTML probably trying to update some links and text on the website, and sometimes I would be teleported somewhere else along with younger versions of some of my brothers.

Usually I would be teleported to fictional versions of some of the schools in the city of D that I once went to years ago like The D High School and The D Junior High School et cetera, and we would walk around and I would see some of my former classmates there.

I remember in one part of the dream at a school many of my former classmates had letterman jackets (letter jackets), I remember us walking by and greeting them, and some of my former classmates that I remember seeing were my former male classmates RM and KT and my former female classmate LB.

In another part of the dream I was teleported outside during the day with younger versions of my brothers in the field of a resort/park/farm-like place on the right of a highway that looked like the highway to the city of LC.

I assume that you could pay to walk around looking at the wild life, plants, ponds, et cetera.

I remember us finding a book on the ground, each page had one or more images of a different type of animal, and each page would have a dead or living version of that animal that was really on the page that would fall or crawl out of the book.

Each time that you flipped a page or closed the book a new living or dead animal would respawn it one had fallen or crawled out previously, and I remember several spiders spawning from the book that started to crawl on me.

My brothers and I knocked them off of me and killed the ones that we could that were still on me, and then I decided to put the book down to prevent from constantly accidentally spawning more animals from the book especially insects.

I would always be teleported back to work and I would continue editing the library website each time that I got teleported to a school or where ever.

As I edited the library website I would test my changes, there was some code without links that would cause a part of the page to pop out when someone clicks on it, I was not sure how that code worked so I did not mess with it.

But that is all that I can remember of this dream.

The end,

-John Jr