Hailed as one of the most scary horror movies of recent times, we went into Hereditary with a high degree of anticipation. ‘Go on, scare us then’. We’re hardcore horror pros. Was it frightening? Sort of. Was it disturbing? Yes. Is it one of the best horror movies of all time? Nope.
It’s a very well made movie for sure, with a class cast – Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne, plus the formidable Ann Dowd aka Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale. Collette plays Annie Graham, recently bereaved through the loss of her Mum who she didn’t really like anyway. Byrne is her husband Steve, and they have two children – 16 year old Peter (Alex Wolff, very good) and 13 year old Charlie (Milly Shapiro). Annie starts to see apparitions of her dead mother and attends a bereavement support group where she meets Ann (Dowd). And then a tragedy happens, which leads to seances and all manner of strange happenings in the family home.
We won’t say too much but there are some true shock moments and imagery that will stay with you. The last 20 minutes are an absolute hoot. The film, however, is unnecessarily long and could have been wrapped up in 100 minutes. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before and the story builds very slowly. If you want real terror this Shocktober look elsewhere on your watchlist, but be prepared for the ending to haunt you. You’ll be thinking about something in your attic for a longgggggg time.
GORE RATING: 4/5
Watch it for: The last 20 minutes – fun, fun, fun!
Watch out for: A surprise tragedy
Next up…The Witch (2016)