Dir: Ari Aster
When Annie's estranged mother passes away, it sets in motion a downward spiral of supernatural happenings, and a family history shrouded in mental illness. Annie is caught dealing with her cold feelings towards her once overbearing, eccentric mother, and a long family history of tragedy. Meanwhile their children Peter, and Charlie begin to experience a seemingly demonic curse which is slowly escalating. As Annie begins uncovering a strange secret life her mother hid from her, a strange power begins to threaten her children's lives, and her own sanity.
Unlike most horror films Hereditary sets itself apart first and foremost with a cast of potent actors, who really seem to be devoted in bringing the project to life. There are scenes which have a frightening realism due to these actors having a believable family chemistry. Director Ari Aster also seems to relish his ability to create a slow disturbing progression into relatively uncharted waters. The script itself is not the first of its kind by any means, but it also doesn't flat out give itself away before the brutal climax. Pacing is the key here to keeping the mysterious elements in the dark, which results in unseen twists at key moments. Although horror fans in general are surely familiar with the occult, supernatural, and all types of heebie jeebies, it's the fact viewers don't know who to believe that gives the film power. While the film doesn't rely of gore and violence, when it does occur it is happening to characters the audience is invested in. Although over-rated, this's quintessential horror through and through, most collectors will want it in their collection.