This is a lot different than I expected...
Honestly, this may be the most WTF movie I have ever seen, but it works. It works well, in fact. 'Hereditary' is a sample of exactly what a horror movie should be, and Ari Aster should be incredibly proud that he has managed to produce two of, what I think are, the best horror movies of the 21st century. I do not rate this higher than 'Midsommar', but it is very close. What I think this lacks is revision, and that is why, to me, 'Midsommar' will always win that race. This is such an intelligent movie and really throws so many modern horror conventions out of the window and creates its own. It is dark, it is creepy and eery, but it is smart. It plays on what you don't see, what you struggle to see and what is blatantly obvious [insert guy on fire]. What I like is that this is a seriously new concept, and it oozes originality. I love that it doesn't feel recycled or adapted. Personally, I think that the twists and turns that this movie takes you on are some of the very best in the genre and it makes you question "Oh no, what's going to happen?" I think everyone who has seen this knows exactly which scene triggers this feeling too. For those that haven't, just be ready - it's wild. I have seen this a fair few times now and I feel like there is always something new to spot, the same way I do with 'Midsommar', but this feels more like a horror movie to me. That feeling of horror is what really made me enjoy this film, but also the lack of that feeling made 'Midsommar' all that more creepy and sinister. Both are fantastic films, and Toni Collette seriously provides an acting masterclass in her role in this movie. To round it off, happy Halloween folks, stay safe!
(I apologise that this is a short review, hope you all enjoy the movie!)
Duration: 2h 7 mins.
Released: 15 June 2018 (UK).
My Rating: 8.2/ 10