Monday, September 10, 2018

Hereditary is the Horror Movie of the Year (Spoiler-Free Review)

Hereditary (2018)
Directed by Ari Aster
Written by Ari Aster
Starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro.

Hereditary is the movie that everyone has been talking about. You've heard such quotes like, 'Scarier than The Exorcist' or 'Our generation's The Exorcist' and 'Scariest movie of the year', 'Horror movie of the year.' In my opinion, Hereditary is definitely scarier than The Exorcist (for me, I hold up The Conjuring higher on the scare level than The Exorcist), it's definitely movie of the year, and it has to be the scariest movie of the year.

If you already didn't know, Hereditary is about a family who are in mourning after Annie's (Toni Collette) mentally ill mother passes away. As the grieving process continues, strange and otherworldly occurrences start to take place. And soon, Annie, her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne), their son Peter (Alex Wolff), and daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) have inherited something darker than the secret life Annie's mother lived.

Before I start, huge props and recognition to the writer and director of Hereditary, Ari Aster. And, of course, to A24 for the brilliant movies they give us. Ari Aster directed and wrote a horror film, yes, a horror film, that makes its viewer invest a lot of emotion into it. And aside from it being super emotionally driven, this movie is beyond creepy, unsettling, and scary.

Every actor in this movie deserves some type of reward other than verbal recognition. Why? Because they all are so good at bringing this movie to life. This is a movie that deserves every bit of positive recognition and accolades, from the writing, cinematography, acting, music, and directing.

Most notably, Toni Collette delivers a haunting, emotional draining and straining, invested performance as Annie. I never cry during a movie, but seeing Annie crying and losing it made me cry. I couldn't believe it! I was like, "What in the hell are you doing to me, Toni?!"

I have never been so creeped out and scared during a movie. Last time that truly happened was when I watched The Conjuring. This movie has scenes that are just extremely dreadful and dark and scary. I watched this movie on my phone with headphones on--in my dark room, so yes, every time something creepy would happen I'd look around the room to make sure something ghostly wasn't roaming around.

If you're a fan of paranormal and haunting horror--horror that actually makes you scared, I highly recommend this movie. Watch it now or go buy it in store! This is a keeper.

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