Following its midnight screening at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to critics, Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” is in comparisons with Sundance horror flicks “The Babadook” and “It Follows.” According to the Sundance critics, it is never easy to make audiences jump out of their seats, but Ari Aster loves the idea of doing so, and he does it well.
Hereditary—An American supernatural horror film written and directed by Ari Aster stars Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd and Milly Shapiro. A24 (The Killing of a Sacred Deer; The Monster; The Witch) is releasing Hereditary theatrically by the end of this year. Meanwhile, the film will have its world premiere at the Sundance Festival tomorrow on January 28th.
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The plot revolves around the complex dark secrets of the Graham Family Where Ellen, the matriarch, passes away, and her daughter’s family starts revealing the cryptic and gradually terrifying mysteries about their lineage. The more they look into it, the more they learn to outstrip the sinister fate they seem to have been born with.
As deemed before its midnight screening few days ago to selected audience, Hereditary is a profoundly disturbing film; the kind of horror movie which draws its dark powers from the day-to-day human emotions such as anguish and hatred to be ultimately metamorphosed into an absolute nightmare. Despite the comparison with “It Comes at Night” and other American classics, Aster seems to be following the tracks of Roman Polanski and Dario Argento—a more European darkness yet a refreshing one to look for, indeed.
The exclusivity of the film is in its symbolic treatment of the fear. Being an American director, Aster, took a huge risk to be different by surpassing the traditional expectations of horror lovers.
Hereditary: the next big thing to look for later this year.