Creepy dolls have always been a mainstay of the horror genre — hell, there’s an entire franchise built around one of them and his delightfully murderous tendencies — but Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” takes the kind of props that have long peppered our collective nightmares and makes them feel fresh and freaky as ever. Aster’s twisted film follows a family reeling from a death that leaves them on the brink of something even more horrific, and much of the film’s action takes place within the Grahams’ sprawling, secret-laden house. That house is also filled with two different kinds of dolls: the sterile miniatures that populate mom Annie’s (Toni Collette) artistic works and the more homespun versions that young daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) crafts in her spare time from random junk and scavenged bits.
Those dolls have been hard to avoid.
After a midnight screening of the much-hyped film