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REVIEW: I recently went to see the @a24 horror Hereditary that everyone's been taking about, and frankly I think this is a movie that deserves its buzz. But that doesn't mean it's a simple thing to dissect and talk about, and it doesn't mean it hasn't divided opinion either. So once you've read what I think, let me know what you think of the movie below - this is a great one to discuss.
WHAT I LIKED: Ari Aster's debut feature 'Hereditary,' really is one of the most unpleasant and terrifying films to be made in quite some time as on the one hand it's an incredibly dark and depressing depiction of a family's descent into madness and despair after severe trauma, and on the other it equally builds into a batshit crazy, balls-deep horror film that doesn't remotely shy away from its central concept of demonic spiritualism any more than it does its exploration of despair and insanity. Yes, whilst there have been countless horrors over the years that have depicted spiritualism and madness for many a fright and jump-scare, few have been as affecting and successful as this, and that's largely the case because of how much you're engaged in the tragic story of the central family first.
It all starts with a funeral, and then after another truly horrific and traumatic event, we watch these fragile and mysterious characters that we care about struggle in a way where no dramatic punches are pulled in what is effectively an intensely horrific and difficult drama. But with the spiritualism slowly building in the background and as the family get worse and worse, it eventually erupts into a real fright-fest that will bring shivers to the soul, goosebumps to the arm and knees up to the chest as the insanity and demonic ideas take over and the family we care about appears to begin to implode under the weight of their own insanity and a properly frightening spiritual presence. The way you interpret the third act will they largely be down to your own stance, but either way it's always affecting and thoroughly frightening.
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