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2018, Demons

Hereditary (2018)

Elevator Pitch.

When the younger of two children is beheaded in a bizaar car accident the family, already struggling after the death of the wife’s mother, is thrown into chaos, and the situation takes an even darker turn when Annie, the wife, is introduced to a technique which allows her to contact the dead child in the spirit world; that is not the end of it; Annie’s mother’s grave has been desecrated, the elder son is behaving oddly, the dead girl’s notebook is full of new pictures and human forms are glimpsed in the glooom.

Content.

We spend time in the wife’s workshop where she constructs miniature dometic environments, and is to be exhibited in New York. The children behave oddly, at one point attending a sort of school party, and people drive about in a very depopulated environment, apparently Utah. There is a lot of threatening music, some quite frightening scenes and some random acts of violence which it would be inappropriate to describe here. There is nudity but no sexual content, and some smoking of marijuana and drinking.

 

A View Like it or not, and nearly all the critics did like it, Hereditary is an engaging drama, and you would be unlikely to fall asleep even in the first act. If I have a problem it is that while one can accept that there is a reason for the strange manifestations and  acts, some of them seem almost random, just included to frighten us, rather than to move the story forward. And the miniature environments, I liked them but why? Probably the best horror film for some time I think.
Duration 2h 7m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Ari Aster
Writers/Script Ari Aster
Starring Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne, Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd
Additional Info Despite the fact that the whole of the inside of the house was built on a sound stage, made for a moderate (in movie terms) cost and now making money.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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