Hereditary apparently scared the crap out of everybody who saw it at Sundance. One pundit called it “a new generation’s The Exorcist“, which is a bold, bold statement – but, based on the trailer, possibly an accurate one. We shall see.
Our own Toni Collette stars as a woman who doesn’t get the peace of mind she expected when her controlling mother finally passes on. It seems that the old matriarch still wields a lot of influence from the far side of the veil, and it’s centered on Collette’s teenage daughter (Milly Shapiro, who’s gone from sweet and wholesome on Broadway in Matilda and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown to ball-shrinkingly terrifying here). Is it a haunting? Possession? Something darker and weirder? Will Gabriel Byrne, playing Collette’s husband, make it to the final credits?
Debuting feature writer and director Ari Aster displays an assured and striking visual style here that should play very well in a darkened theatre. Hereditary is hitting Australian cinemas on June 7, 2018.