Hereditary is one of the best horror movies of the last decade and probably my favorite horror movie from studio, A24! The movie is so good that I do not want to spoil anything for you and just tell you to go and watch it if you have not already seen it! It has a tremendous performance from Toni Collette (Velvet Buzzsaw, Knives Out, Nightmare Alley), I would go as far as to say as a career-defining performance, and for someone that has so many great acting credits to her name, that is saying a lot!

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The Movie Review

Talking about Hereditary is really hard as I do not want to spoil anything for those who have not seen the movie! The basics of what is going on here are that we have the Graham family which consists of the mother, Annie, father, Steve, and kids, 16-year-old Peter and 13-year-old Charlie.

Annie had a very challenging relationship with her mother for many years, that was until her daughter Charlie was born and her mother became much closer and an important part of her life. Charlie and the grandmother have a very special bond. At first, they seem like a relatively “normal” American family.

However, when Annie’s mother dies and they go to her funeral, they are really surprised by how many people have shown up. I love this funeral scene as there is just something so eerie and unsettling about many of the people who are there. Writer/director Ari Aster really is a master of unsettling suspense, this was actually his theatrical debut, and what a way to announce your presence on the horror scene.

As the family deal with the death of Annie’s mom, they are hit with an even worse tragedy and it is here that things start to go to hell for the Graham family. Weird stuff starts to happen and more and more revelations come to light about the grandmother and it all builds up to a truly shocking and horrific ending that will stick with you for a few days. I remember seeing this in the theatre and when those credits rolled, I was just kind of stunned by what I had seen.

The core performances in Hereditary are just amazing. I already talked about Toni Collette, but the daughter, Milly Shapiro, and her brother played by Alex Wolff both deliver phenomenal and believable performances. Annie’s husband, Steve is played by Gabriel Byrne who also is great in this movie.

Even though this movie only came out a few years ago, I have probably already seen it five times. It is one of those movies where the first few times I watched it, I picked up on more things or noticed little details in the background and so on. It makes it such a fun movie to rewatch.

Now, I will say that I have heard some people say that these A24 horror movies are pretentious, and to a degree, I can kind of agree with that. However, I think Hereditary is truly something special. It manages to be scary without just hitting you with jump scares, it gets under your skin and just makes you feel very uneasy through most of the movie and even once it is done!

Hereditary is a horror film from 2018. Download it now and see what happened to one family after their grandmother passed away.
10 Total Score
Hereditary Review Summary

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  • Toni Collette’s performance gets all the praise, but everyone is amazing
  • This movie is legit very scary and unsettling
  • If you love your horror movies to be “smart” this is for you
  • I have watched this multiple times and enjoyed it every time
  • I purchased the first 4K release of this and it is way too dark in some scenes
  • I can legit see some people having nightmares over this…. but if you ask me that is more of a pro!
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Jason Delacey

Jason Delacey

Jason is a 40-year-old writer from Northern England. He has been playing video games his whole life and writing about them for over a decade. As well as enjoying gaming into the wee hours of the morning, Jason is a real film fanatic too! He is open to watching all genres of movies from animated singing animals to brutal horror!

Jason loves to give his honest opinion on games, movies, TV shows and is always willing to give anything a try!

Favorite Games: Resident Evil 4, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, Bioshock Infinite, Super Mario World, The Last of Us, Halo 2, Streets of Rage 2, Overwatch.

Favorite Movies: Terminator 2, The Empire Strikes Back, Avengers Infinity War, Bloodsport, The Transformers The Movie. Dogma, BASEketball, From Dusk Till Dawn

Favorite TV Shows: X-Files, Supernatural, Lost, American Horror Story, The Mandalorian, Stranger Things.