One of the most talked about Horror films of the year, Hereditary, the debut feature from Ari Aster is a fresh take on the genre that critics and movie-goers have praised for it’s craftsmanship. But what did the staff here at Digitales think?
Director: Ari Aster
After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.
In general, did people enjoy this film?
While some of us could only bear to watch it in parts, everyone agreed that it was overall a very well-made movie. Though to simply refer to this film as scary seems almost inadequate. Hereditary does more than deliver the typical jump-scares and tropes so often employed by horror film creators. While these are certainly featured from time to time throughout, they’re backed up with adequate story and depth and the unsettled feeling you’re left with at the end is not necessarily one of terror for the things that go bump in the night, but rather perhaps for the emotions that lie within, for the trauma passed down and for the influence from those closest to us. The story is fleshed out and satisfying, the twists unpredictable and the acting superb. A definite must-see for not only horror fans, but movie lovers in general.
What did they like / not like about it?
Primarily I thought this was a really well-crafted movie. The script is wild, there’s so many different elements in there, and the fact that they are all wrangled into two hours without feeling overstuffed or unbalanced is a real feat. What’s more impressive is that while keeping up this balancing act, the film also fashions an incredibly rich atmosphere and internal world through great camera work, lighting and editing. Serious talent on display from first-time director Ari Aster, and Toni Collette and Alex Wolff give outstanding performances as well. One of my favourite films of the year – and the best horror movie I’ve seen in many years! - Liam
Both watchable and enjoyable though I didn’t find it particularly “scary” in the horror/fleshy scenes but more so in a couple of understated ones. Portrays the effect of a mother’s mental instability on her family with devastating outcomes including the hereditary factor. – Eddy
Going into this movie I had only seen the trailer once and a while back, so I was able to go in pretty fresh. That’s a good way to approach Hereditary, because the story is very unpredictable and knowing less about it really lets the viewer get immersed. Having heard how scary it is, I went in with the mindset of trying to find ways to make fun of the horror genre, my own coping mechanism for dealing with super scary movies. Alas, I couldn’t do it for long before my heart would be pounding from a few particularly creepy moments. I thought Toni Collette’s hysterical character needed to shut up a bit in one scene, but in the grand scheme of things that’s neither here nor there. - Lukas
I loved this film. As a fan of horror in general, and particularly horror that goes deeper than just jump scares, Hereditary certainly ticks most of the boxes for me. While I felt it sometimes relied too heavily on typical horror film stereotypes that seemed unnecessary for the depth of the subject matter, there certainly isn’t much else to fault with it. The cinematography was beautiful, the acting superb and the events unexpected. I appreciated being shocked. – Mali
At a time where movie ‘twists’ have become increasingly predictable, Hereditary manages to deliver. The film truly leaves you guessing, with no real clues to help you predict where it’s going. The film is visually beautiful with slow camera movements and deep, almost emotional lighting. The mix of tense music, silence and well measured dialogue did too good a job at building the suspense! I watched a lot of scenes on mute. Overall I enjoyed the performances – characters appeared both hyper-real and understated at the same time. Quality is the word that came to mind throughout the entire film. – Sally
Keywords used to describe this movie:
Superb. Thriller. Confronting. Surprising. Quality. Disturbing. Rich. Atmospheric. Stressful. Wild. Unexpected. Unpredictable. Well-Crafted. Creepy.
Would people recommend it to a friend?
Yes definitely – As long as they don’t scare too easily (but even then it’s definitely worth the watch).
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