Hereditary is a 2018 psychological horror film directed by Ari Aster and starring Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne. The plot follows a family that begins to experience increasingly strange and frightening occurrences related to the sinister secrets of their ancestry.
The film focuses on Annie Graham (Toni Collette), a woman struggling to come to terms with the recent death of her mother Ellen, who was known for being incredibly secretive about her life. After the funeral, Annie’s family begins experiencing strange events such as dolls’ heads moving on their own and birds crashing into windows. When Annie’s daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) accidentally kills another girl during a sleepover, it becomes clear that something evil is at work in their lives.
As the family investigates further into Ellen’s past, they discover clues about an occult-like organization that had been practicing rituals for centuries involving human sacrifice. While Annie initially tries to keep this knowledge from her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) and son Peter (Alex Wolff), she eventually realizes that this dark legacy could be linked to the supernatural forces at play in their lives.
In addition to its chilling atmosphere and spooky visuals, Hereditary also explores themes of grief, trauma, mental illness, and familial bonds. The film received critical acclaim upon release due to its sharp writing and direction as well as Collette’s powerhouse performance as an emotionally vulnerable mother trying desperately to protect her children from an unknown force beyond her control. Its themes are particularly relevant in today’s world when families are often struggling with emotional turmoil without any sense of direction or understanding of what may be causing it; Hereditary serves as both a warning sign of things unseen as well as a commentary on how these secrets can affect us even if we don’t understand them fully.
Hereditary has one of the most successful box office openings ever for a horror movie, earning over $80 million worldwide against its $10 million budget; it also won numerous awards including multiple best horror film awards from organizations such as Fangoria Chainsaw Awards and Saturn Awards. For those looking for something more than just jump scares and a good scare this Halloween season—Hereditary promises plenty of creepy thrills with its own unique brand of psychological terror.
Ari Aster (born July 15, 1986) is an American writer-director, best known for the acclaimed horror films “Hereditary” (2018) and “Midsommar” (2019). He has also written and directed several short films, including “The Strange Thing About the Johnsons” (2011), “Beau” (2011), “Munchausen” (2013), and “Basically” (2014).
Toni Collette / Annie Graham
Alex Wolff / Peter Graham
Milly Shapiro / Charlie Graham
Gabriel Byrne / Steve Graham
Ann Dowd / Joan (Joanie)
Mallory Bechtel / Bridget
Ari Aster / Asher Gallery Representative
Christy Summerhays / Charlie’s Teacher
Brock McKinney / Aaron
Jake Brown / Brendan
Movie title: Hereditary
Movie description: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.
Date published: January 1, 2022
Country: United States
Duration: 126 mins
Director(s): Ari Aster
Writer(s): Ari Aster
Cinematography: Pawel Pogorzelski
Music: Colin Stetson
Actor(s): Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, Christy Summerhays, Morgan Lund, Jarrod Phillips
Companies: PalmStar Entertainment, Windy Hill Pictures, A24
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