Hereditary celebrates five years of life and we review the reasons why it is one of the best horror movies of the 21st century.
Five years ago it was released hereditarythe director’s first feature film Ari Aster, who had already disturbed the world with a short film titled “The strange thing about the Johnsons”. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, hereditary was proclaimed as the best horror movie of 2018and with good reason.
hereditary is a production of A24a studio known for indie and auteur films like Room, Ex Machina and The Witch.
Aster’s film stars Toni Collette and alex wolff, who tell us the story of an American family mourning the death of the matriarch. Her daughter, Annie, moves into her mother’s house with her husband and her children. Each of the Grahams begins to have supernatural experiences tied to the sinister secrets held by the deceased matriarch.
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A terrifying and dramatic film
The film in question is a perfect combination between graphic and psychological horror. Its atmosphere reminds us of that type of horror that great classics of the genre gave us as The Exorcist, Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby either The prophecy.
The end of hereditary It is one of the most shocking and terrifying in recent years. We do not exaggerate. The movie unsettles you and makes you feel uncomfortable. It is an extensive allegory of mental illness, fear of loneliness, loss, and the collapse of a family.
Ari Aster says that when he pitched the project to the studios, he didn’t even try to sell it as a horror movie, but as a dark family drama that “descends until it becomes a nightmare”, as he himself put it. The scenes are so good, the dialogues and performances so convincing, that hereditary it looks like real life, even when the subject matter is utterly supernatural.
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A good part of the film’s success is the memorable performance of actress Toni Colette. Several critics even raised their hands to say that it deserved a Oscar nomination. Her role as Annie embodies the fear, anger and trauma that consume her character until the film’s tragic end. Her reactions are as terrifying as that what it reacts to.
The great key to hereditary It is that it is a supernatural horror, but at the same time very realistic. Every family has a terrible secret to keep and a past capable of marking their conscience in the present. There is no doubt that we are facing one of the most horrifying films of the 21st century.
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