Sundance is in full swing and as always nothing can make or break a film coming out of that festival like a good or bad review so when we hear a horror movie is getting serious accolades from top publications we take notice.
This year that movie is Hereditary from director Ari Aster and released through A24. It comes with the tagline “Every family tree hides a secret.”
American film critic and one-time contributor to Entertainment Weekly, Owen Gleiberman says the movie may be the most exciting he’s seen this year at Sundance, and it will probably get a mainstream release, “where it has every chance to win a major audience. But what viewers will discover is that the movie, unlike almost every mainstream horror film you see these days, has the substance to match its scares.”
Starring Gabriel Byrne and Toni Collette, Hereditary’s plot is described on Sundance’s website:
“The Graham family starts to unravel following the death of their reclusive grandmother. Even after she’s gone, the matriarch still casts a dark shadow over the family, especially her loner teenage granddaughter, Charlie, whom she always had an unusual fascination with. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, their peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their mother to explore a darker realm in order to escape the unfortunate fate they’ve inherited.”
“Aster’s script ratchets up a feeling of delirious dread as the family members isolate themselves, only furthering their descent into madness. While consistently surprising in its twists and turns, this is a horror story firmly grounded within the desperate emotions of its compelling lead performances. Among a talented cast including Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and Ann Dowd, the real standout is the menacing performance from young Broadway actress Milly Shapiro.”
Although we can’t tell if this is one of those kinds of films which will polarize its audience much like The VVitch and It Comes at Night or even Get Out did but critics and festival-goers seem to be terrified by this one.
“The screams in the theatre were almost as frightening as what was on screen,” said Thrillist.
Some critics were traumatized like the USA Today critic who says it’s “the most insane horror movie in years,” adding, ”If you’d ever like to sleep again, then you should probably steer clear of A24’s latest horror offering.”
Unfortunately, we don’t have a trailer for you at this time, but we are positive you’ll be hearing a lot more about this film in the very near future.