Review in Brief: Hereditary (2018)

Is HEREDITARY a good film? Yes. A good horror film? Not so much. I love that we see plenty of examples of the genre that don’t just rely on jump scares now, but you’ve got to offer true fear junkies something other than an ominous mood. It’s the same problem I had with IT FOLLOWS; was a good character piece but I just didn’t find it frightening. Hereditary is chock-full of eerie atmosphere and the performances from Toni Collette, Alex Wolff et al as the most disturbed family this side of the Torrances are something else. Director Ari Aster has a real eye for striking shot construction and creatively blurs reality by melding dolls house and house house scales throughout. But it just didn’t chill me and when we find out what has really been going on (inside the family’s heads or not) it’s all just a bit anticlimactic. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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