Hereditary

Hereditary

Ari Aster (2018)

122min
15 Certificate
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A miasma of menace engulfs an unsuspecting American family when a fearful legacy comes home to roost in this terrific tale of terror. Following the death of the reclusive mother of miniaturist model-maker Annie Graham (Toni Collette), Annie's husband (Gabriel Byrne) and two children (Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro) find themselves beset by all sorts of unnerving weirdness - birds crashing into windows, ethereal apparitions, a desecrated grave, alarming premonitions - but that is only the start of the nightmare. In an audacious slow-burn horror, the Grahams' spacious hillside house - assiduously, almost ghoulishly, reproduced by Annie in her workroom - becomes as much a character as the frazzled and fraught quartet within. The cast is first-rate, with Collette just marvellous as the incumbent matriarch, agonisingly switching between grieving and screaming at any given moment. Though hailed as a 21st-century successor to The Exorcist, director Ari Aster's scintillating debut is more akin to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, with a precision-tooled, dread-inducing atmosphere that refuses to loosen its grip.

Cast & Crew

Annie Graham Toni Collette
Steve Graham Gabriel Byrne
Peter Graham Alex Wolff
Charlie Graham Milly Shapiro
Joan Ann Dowd
Bridget Mallory Bechtel
Director Ari Aster
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Jun 2018