Hereditary (2018)

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Hereditary (2018)

Joined: June 2nd, 2005, 8:36 pm

June 8th, 2018, 10:44 pm #1

I'll go super easy on the spoilers.

Thankfully we have the hype machine to take what might have been a decent little sloooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww burn movie and turn it into a massively over-hyped disappointment.
The problems I have are the usual these days. I had almost no attachment to the family and I found them all fairly unlikable.
The scares I have heard so much about are pretty much non-existent. None of the images are that disturbing (two scenes got me to sit up a little, one involving a pole on the side of the street and the other with somebody sawing something). Maybe a Rosemarys Baby for the new generation, as I found that movie painfully boring and not scary at all.
Basically this is another arthouse film that decided to be horror in the final 20 minutes of its 130 minute run time.
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June 9th, 2018, 2:29 pm #2

I really want to see this one. 
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June 9th, 2018, 8:11 pm #3

Save your money! Another pretentious horror film, loved by critics, hated by the wife and I. Just like THE WITCH, IT COLES AT NIGHT, MOTHER, etc. I’ve decided if the critics like it, I’ll HATE it! So slow and long. We wished we would have saw OCEANS 8 instead. Really hoped they would have showed the new HALLOWEEN trailer before, but no luck. They did have the poster up in the lobby though.
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June 10th, 2018, 8:13 pm #4

From USA Today:

The acclaimed horror thriller Hereditary, starring Toni Collette, made its debut with $13 million, finishing fourth. The feature-film directing debut of Ari Aster, Hereditary has received rave reviews and been hailed as the year's scariest movie since its debut at Sundance Film Festival. Either from disappointment or simply because they were stunned from fear, audiences gave the notoriously scary film — about a family cursed after the death of its matriach — a D-plus on CinemaScore.
The audiences were kind, I'd give it an F! Again, critics rave, filmgoers dislike.
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June 10th, 2018, 8:44 pm #5

Yeah, there really is nothing scary about this movie.
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June 13th, 2018, 6:58 pm #6

Ari Aster's Directorial debut is an intense, disquieting horror thriller. It commences mainly as straightforward drama with its tale of a dysfunctional family with creepy elements folded in slowly. The death of family matriarch Ellen sets off the chain of events. At the funeral, we are introduced to her daughter Annie (Toni Collette) and her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) and children, daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) and son Peter (Alex Wolff).

The movie builds slowly and steadily, becoming an uncomfortably grueling exercise in family dysfunction. Two specific incidents spark a turn in the story towards horror, one internal, the other external. Even then, Director Aster ratchets up the horror elements at a deliberate pace. Once the machinations get truly revealed is where the story problems coalesce. The build up wounds the viewer into knots, but the payoff gets progressively less and less interesting.

I hate to be equivocal, but HERIDITARY is that kind of movie. General audiences who infamously gave the movie a D+ Cinemascore opening night will likely have already emotionally bailed on the movie by the last act, but, even those who hung in there will likely be split by how the movie resolves.

Not equivocal is Collette's performance. A performance so good that it lingers even when the movie is, unfortunately, taken largely out of her character's control. Too many coincidences and outside forces have to intervene to drive the plot (not to mention an incredulous lack of interest by the cops and social services). Still, Collette is so strong, she binds the movie even as it spins towards some dubious places. The rest of the cast is fine, including Ann Dowd as a woman Annie meets during a grief counseling session. The audio mix and music provide an atmospheric backdrop. The photography, while well lit and framed, isn't as impressive in its digital rendering (and the less said about the CGI flames, the better). Aster uses a lot of Doll House imagery (Annie is an artist who specializes in that form), but it never truly pays off (again here, some of the Digital photography makes even some of the 'real' settings look like CGI fakery - intentionally or not).

In the end, HERIDITARY is a mixed bag. Undoubtedly disturbing on one hand, but, losing control of its narrative on the other. Without delving into spoilers, I will just say that the plot machinations should have remained steadfastly 'All In The Family'. In other words, it should have adhered closely to its very title.
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June 15th, 2018, 3:26 pm #7

My daughter was annoyed by the way the movie handles the BIG event with the daughter in regards to the son. How all of that could happen and there seems to be absolutely no reprecussions is a little odd and makes the event nothing more than something to move the story to where it needs to go.
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Yesterday, 3:28 pm #8

A new writer joined The Haunted Cinema, and his first assignment...Hereditary

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Hereditary is the DNA change needed in Modern Horror
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