Toni Collette delivers her most bone-chilling performance yet in Hereditary, which critics have pegged to be the scariest film of the year.
After a sensational premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Hereditary follows the story of Annie Graham after her mother Ellen (the matriarch of the Graham family) passes away, leaving behind a chilling past for her daughter’s family to uncover. As the truth of their heritage unfolds, the family come to realise the disturbing fate that’s been passed down to them.
The malevolent forces and seemingly inescapable curse that torments the Graham family makes for a truly terrifying experience, with horror references harking back to that of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Writer-director Ari Aster creates a nightmarish vision with Hereditary, pushing the horror film category into distressing new territory.
Aster based the story around a recent brush with bad luck, when he and his family experienced three years of trials and tribulations. “I’m always writing from a personal place,” the writer-director notes. “Things had gotten so relentlessly awful that the feeling prevailed that we basically must be cursed.”
Following the success of his series of critically acclaimed short films, Aster recruited a team of talented craftspeople to bring together his vision – including utilising both a Utah soundstage and miniature set.
Collette is joined by a stellar cast of Gabriel Byrne of The Usual Suspects, Alex Wolff of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Broadway’s Milly Shapiro and Emmy Award winner Ann Dowd of The Handmaid’s Tale.
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