/Filmcast Ep. 471 – Hereditary

Slashfilm Daily Hereditary slice

David, Devindra, and Kristy discuss the delightfulness of Paddington 2, the breeziness of Ocean’s Eight, and the terror of A24’s new horror hit, Hereditary.

Be sure to read Amanda Hess’s article about Ocean’s Eight.

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Hereditary Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Ari Aster’s Hereditary.)

In its opening days, Hereditary has sailed past tracking expectations and earned A24 its biggest weekend release yet. Ari Aster’s indie horror film has been generating conversation since its January Sundance screening, and now that it’s on nearly three thousand screens, that conversation has gotten a lot louder.

And there’s plenty to talk about when it comes to Hereditary: the soul-chilling performances, the elegant and unusual art design, that balls-out (uhm, literally) ending no one saw coming. But under the polished, cinematic horror of Hereditary is a rougher, truer horror, one that will stay with audiences long past that shocking conclusion.

The real horror of Hereditary is in its relentless, unblinking look at family dysfunction.

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Hereditary Scene Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, director Ari Aster gives us some insight into the making of and significance of a scene from Hereditary. Plus, director Drew Pearce breaks down Jodie Foster‘s first scene in Hotel Artemis, and SyFy runs through a list of the coolest dinosaurs that we’ve ever seen on the big screen. Read More »

Hereditary Ending

Ari Aster‘s indie horror film Hereditary is being hailed as one of the scariest movies in recent memory. Aster blends family drama with crushing dread, creating a memorable, horrifying journey. Now that the film is out and most people have had a chance to see it, let’s talk about the terrifying Hereditary ending.

Major spoilers follow.

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Slashfilm Daily Hereditary slice

On the June 8, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson presents an interview with Oscar-nominated actress Toni Collette, the star of Ari Aster‘s terrifying new horror film, Hereditary.

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Hereditary Review

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Hereditary has people talking about “elevated horror” again and there is no such thing…there are just horror movies.)

There’s an interview going around with Hereditary writer/director Ari Aster that’s sparked another round of hand-wringing regarding whether a new horror feature qualifies as a “horror movie” at all; a discussion so tired we might as well feed it a fistful of Roseanne Barr’s Ambien in hopes of finally putting it out of its misery. In his talk with ScreenCrush’s Britt Hayes, Aster says:

“But even from the beginning, and this is something I’ve said before but I was kind of careful to never really call it a ‘horror film.’ The people that were on the crew, or even the people that I was pitching the film to, I would describe it as a family tragedy that curdles into a nightmare.”

Even though Aster refers to Hereditary several times during that same chat as a “horror movie”, folks have already taken the quote and run with it, questioning whether the unsettling motion picture belongs to this categorization.

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Toni Collette Hereditary interview

Toni Collette was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in The Sixth Sense, and now she’s back in the horror genre with Hereditary, a film so scary it makes The Sixth Sense feel like an episode of Sesame Street. Hereditary is deeply disturbing, an unnerving, visceral piece of filmmaking that will freak you out and leave you profoundly shaken by the time it ends. Collette delivers an absolutely unreal performance in the film, playing a matriarch whose family becomes haunted when her character’s mother dies. She’s physical and raw and wounded and grieving and furious – it’s arguably the best work of her entire career.

You can read our full review of the film here, but I recently sat down with Collette at the film’s press junket in Beverly Hills to talk about whether this script intimidated her, what it was like working with first-time director Ari Aster, the scariest thing about this film for her, and more. Enjoy our full Toni Collette Hereditary interview below. Read More »

Movies to Watch With Hereditary

Summer means seeing movies with the whole family. Something breezy. Something light. Something like Hereditary, which should give your family plenty to talk about at the ice cream parlor afterward. If anyone can still speak that is.

Even in our exaggerated world, it’s incredibly rare for a movie to be dubbed “the scariest of the year” by so many different critics and fans, which is reason enough to get hyped for the Toni Collette-starring grief fest. Trust me. I googled “scariest movie of the year” for every year for the past 10 years, and the sentiment is hardly ever common enough to earn a consensus (shout out to The Witch). There were years that no one used the phrase at all, but not this year! Hereditary and A Quiet Place are dueling for the honor by making it difficult to eat roast pigeon or popcorn during your movie.

Here are 6 movies to watch after (after!) you see Hereditary and stop screaming. Or while you’re still screaming. Either way.

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Hereditary Etsy shop

Distribution company A24 is getting especially creative with the marketing campaign for its upcoming horror movie Hereditary. In the film, the central family’s daughter Charlie Graham (Milly Shapiro) makes bizarre and unsettling dolls made out of craft items and reconstituted junk. In advance of the film’s release, A24 has opened a Hereditary Etsy shop that showcases some of “Charlie’s” creepy work, and you can see plenty of examples below. Read More »

hereditary promo

If you’re not hyped enough for Hereditary yet, please enjoy this incredible promo featuring Toni Collette unleashing all her pent-up rage and fury. It’s effective as hell, and darn scary too boot. Can we fast-forward to the release date for this already? Check out the Hereditary promo below.

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