While the son is at a party, he is seen smoking a water pipe (bong). This bong has multiple issues. The chamber is already filled with smoke as he lights it. His finger is nowhere near the usual location of the 'carb'. As he inhales, the smoke doesn't leave the tube into his lungs. We hear a bubbling sound (and see the water bubbling) AFTER the bowl has been removed. The bubbling sound happens while the user is lighting and inhaling to fill the chamber with smoke. We should have only heard an inhaling sound at that point. See more »
Hereditary is a refreshing example of a studio subverting expectations, as the trailer is purposely misleading (in a good way). Even as the film ventures into territory familiar to its genre, writer/director Ari Aster skillfully ratchets the tension into something that feels like a nightmare straight from hell.
Hereditary conjures multiple indelibly brutal moments of pure horror - the likes of which made many in my audience giggle in anxiety. Aster truly seems to get as much tension as possible from each scene. The film's direction, writing, cinematography, production design, and score are all some of the best the horror genre has seen. It's a beautiful thing to see a film crafted so keenly.
As for the cast, the highlights are an excellent performance by Toni Collette and a strong Alex Wolff. What begins as a drama about a family tearing apart with grief, descends into madness and the supernatural.
Hereditary doesn't redefine horror. It puts a wicked stamp of its own on the tropes of the genre. The film is a tremendous success, and a truly impressive feature-debut from Ari Aster. Horror doesn't get any better than this.
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