Monday, September 10, 2018

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

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.

Okay, here is where I get very spoiler-y. So if you haven't seen it, I suggest you stop reading now and go watch it, then come back to this post. If you're one of those people who just cannot wait, okay, enjoy these spoilers, but go watch the movie after!

Before I watched the movie, I kept hearing how the movie was about mental health, and that it was about mental health issues being hereditary in families. Well...jokes on me because that is not what this movie is about! What the family inherits is obviously something wicked and evil, and it is all because of the witchy deceased grandmother (Annie's mom).

The clicking noise. All I kept thinking was, if I hear that noise in the middle of the night or when I am by myself, I will lose it. Completely lose it. Milly Shapiro (Charlie) did a great job as a weird thirteen-year-old who clicks her tongue, eats chocolate bars at Wakes, and snips off the heads of birds. By the way, that was totally the work of King Paimon. I believe Charlie was so weird and disconnected because Paimon was possessing her.

When I heard Annie in group therapy explaining her mother's, father's, and brother's mental illnesses (her brother claimed that they're mom put voices in him) I was like, 'No. He's not schizophrenic. The mother must have really done something to him with witchcraft!'

When poor Charlie is having an allergic reaction to all those walnuts in the cake, I did not expect her demise at all. When her head tumbles off of her body after hitting that pole I couldn't believe it. I was as perplexed and speechless as Peter was. By the way, amazing and excellent performance by Alex Wolff. You can see the realistic shock and horror in his face and movements. He is a damn good actor.

Like I said, never do I cry during a movie (my eyes get watery at most) but seeing an hearing Annir cry for Charlie was so devastating to me. I felt that pain and sorrow, and it was a little too much for me. It reminded me of the heartbreak and doenwado spiraling of Stephen King's Pet Sematary. It has the same hopeless slope that ends unhappily. And that, ladies amd gentlemen, is what makes this movie a true horror film.

And aside from all the creepy sleep walking, crawling on walls and ceilings, the itchy ants, creepy-as-hell sΓ©ances and headless bodies, I felt really bad and sorry for the dad played by Gabriel Byrne. You can tell he was just internally screaming inside and losing his mind but trying to stay calm and collected. Lke I said, there was nothing but great acting performances.

The ending is so creepy and weird. Paimon possesses Peter, and the dead amd headless grandmother's cult (naked and cult-y) bow down and ask for wealth and all that jazz you would ask one of the Kings of hell you helped summon into some poor teenager's body.

Some people didn't like the ending, but I couldn't think of a better one. This movie is brilliant.

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.