Streaming king, Netflix, is copping one 2018’s creepiest movies next month, and it’s an absolute must-see, folks. Starring our very own Toni Collette, Hereditary has been hailed as one of the most unsettling horror movies since The Exorcist.
It centres around the Graham family, who begin to experience a series of strange and horrible events after the death of their secretive grandmother, Ellen Leigh. While that doesn’t sound particularly outside the realms of your standard horror movie plot, where it ends up going is so surprising, it stuck with me for weeks.
That’s not an exaggeration, I became weirdly obsessed with the themes of this movie and even started researching its real-world ties. I don’t wanna give away too much, but Hereditary’s ending almost encourages you to dig into its deeper meaning, which certainly kept me awake for a few nights.
While you could easily classify it as a horror movie and leave it at that, most of the film plays out more like a family drama, which, ironically, only seems to add to its foreboding sense of dread. Rather than releasing the tension Hereditary builds with typical jump scares, it holds onto it, leaving you feeling uniquely unsettled rather than completely startled.
You can check out the trailer for it below.
Hereditary stars Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, and Toni Collette, who delivers an incredible performance as Annie Graham. It was written and directed by Ari Aster and amazingly, was his very first feature film. It’s currently sitting at a tidy 89 per cent on Rotton Tomatoes.
Wolff, who plays Peter Graham, told Vice he thinks he has PTSD from shooting the film and even suffers some pretty messed up flashbacks. If that’s not an indication of what to expect with Hereditary, I don’t know what is.
The flick is set to hit Netflix on the 5th of March and if you haven’t seen it, I honestly can’t recommend it enough. Just do yourself a favour and be sure to avoid any spoilers. Going in blind is a wild ride.