Thursday, June 7, 2018

Movie Review: HEREDITARY




{SPOILER-FREE}

Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro and Ann Dowd
Director: Ari Aster
Genre: Horror/Supernatural
Rating: MA15+
Australian Release Date: 07/06/2018

Hi guys! Last night I was lucky enough to see the Adelaide Preview screening of American horror/supernatural film HEREDITARY. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this movie, so I was super keen to see it for myself, and I have to say, it lived up to the hype, and then some. Horror is not my favourite genre, but this disturbing movie was amazing. Everyone in my screening was enthralled and you could have heard a pin drop at one point! This movie is still playing over and over again in my mind, and I think it will be with me for some time. 

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 as it slowly destroys everything they know.

Toni Collette, in the lead role of Annie, gives a brave, raw performance that's believable and even harrowing at times. She really gives this her all. In fact, the acting across the board is excellent; look out for Milly Shapiro who is so creepy as Charlie, Annie's daughter. Hereditary was written and directed by Ari Aster in his directorial debut, and honestly I can't wait to see what he does next, if this film is anything to go by. It's so impressive for a first time effort. The musical score was also pretty spot-on, perfectly building tension and giving a gloomy atmosphere of foreboding.



This is a spoiler-free write up, as I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but there are some chilling events in this film that have to be seen to be believed. Hereditary slowly builds the tension, but as things go from bad to worse, it had me hooked and engrossed. It's chilling, scary, disturbing and above all, unsettling. Go see it, Hereditary is worth the hype.

Fun Fact: On Anzac Day, a movie theatre in Western Australia accidentally played a trailer for Hereditary before a screening of the family-friendly film Peter Rabbit, no doubt freaking out a bunch of kids and angering their parents. Oops!





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19 comments:

  1. I kind of want to see this! Though I also feel like it’s a little bit terrifying. I am very intrigued though.

    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

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    1. Yes it's terrifying but in a good way lol. Hope you enjoy it! xx

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  2. Wow I want to see this one. Looks good

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  3. I tend to avoid horror, but I'm intrigued by the premise of the story... #teamlovinlife

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    1. Me too actually, but I really wanted to see this one for some reason!

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  4. I saw Toni Collette interviewed about the movie last night. I think on 'The Project' but I may be wrong there. I'm sure it's fabulous as she is a fantastic actress but I couldn't watch it. Horror and me do not mix. I sleep very little as it is! Glad you enjoyed it though! :-)

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    1. Yes, it's quite full on and I understand horror movies are not everyone's cup of tea!

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  5. This looks terrifying! haha I am not a fan of horror movies but glad you enjoyed it!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. I usually only like the classic ones or horror/comedies, but this was so impressive. Thanks Pam! x

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  6. I would be having nightmares if I saw this movie! But my 18 year old son would love this. I'm sharing your review with him!

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  7. Horror movies freak me out so it's not my favourite genre either, but I've heard some good things about this! (And love Toni Collette!) #teamlovinlife

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    1. She is so talented and this is a magnificent performance from her. There's even Oscar buzz!

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  8. Ooo, lucky you, sounds like an amazing screening and an amazing day out! I love horror films, especially ones containing multiple chilling moments, so this would definitely be right up my street! x I love the Human Centipede, but that's definitely more psychologically disturbing than scary haha! x
    Marina Rosie x
    https://marinawriteslife.blogspot.com/

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    1. LOL I'm too scared to see the Human Centipede, although I kind of want to just because I've heard how disturbing it is! x

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  9. I love horror movies. I'll have to check this out! TFS xo

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  10. megashare9.me - And I mean this in the best way possible. The spectrum of emotions you go through range from sheer terror to complete hopelessness and sorrow. The movie picks at the human psyche in all the right ways. It's both hard to watch and impossible to look away. Hands down the best horror films I've ever seen, perhaps one of the best films in general.
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