Small Screen Reviews

Hereditary Review

Hereditary 2 DVD/Blu-ray

Studio:
Entertainment Film Distributors   

What’s It About?
The death of a secretive grandmother results in a series of terrifying occurrences and haunting revelations for the grieving family.    

Who’s In It?
Toni Collette (Muriel’s Wedding, The Sixth Sense, & more recently Unlocked)
Gabriel Byrne (Miller’s Crossing, The Usual Suspects, & more recently Vikings)   

Other notables include:
Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Patriot’s Day, & more recently My Friend’s Dahmer)
Ann Dowd (Garden State, The Leftovers, & more recently The Handmaid’s Tale)   

Director: Ari Aster (debut)   

Audiences Expect:
Plenty of horror movies come out each year, but very few manage to stand the test of time. Those that do manage to stand out, and rightly so – think The Omen, The Exorcist, Don’t Look Now, Rosemary’s Baby and so on, and it would be fair to say that first time feature director Ari Aster borrows liberally from all of those, without descending into cliché.
Unlike many recent horror movies, Hereditary does rely on jump scares, instead investing in its characters and building ever so slowly a true potboiler of a chiller-thriller.
Following the death of their mysterious grandmother, the Graham family find their lives thrown into chaos. Annie (the mum), finds her life unravelling, while the family as a whole are threatened by terrifying and disturbing happenings. Toni Collette gives a scintillating performance as the distraught mother on the edge, with fear and terror etched all over her face. She is given wonderful support by the typically stoic Gabriel Byrne and impressive youngsters Milly Shapiro and Alex Wolff.
As the tension ratchets up, with wonderful nods to classic horrors, but also some surprising and fabulous changes of direction, Hereditary is well on course to being a five star movie, but then it changes tone significantly in the final act, which ultimately leaves a disappointing taste in the mouth.   

In A Nutshell:
A wonderful potboiler of simmering tension, drawing on all the classic horrors, which unfortunately lets itself down in the final act.   

Highlight:
The unexpected twists & turns
Toni Collette’s wholehearted performance   

Lowpoint:
The final act

Release date: 08/10/2018

Certificate: 15

EDITOR’S CHOICE