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Hereditary (2018)

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After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Wolff ... Peter
Gabriel Byrne ... Steve
Toni Collette ... Annie
Milly Shapiro ... Charlie
Christy Summerhays Christy Summerhays ... Charlie's Teacher
Morgan Lund Morgan Lund ... Mr. Davies
Mallory Bechtel ... Bridget
Jake Brown ... Brendan
Harrison Nell Harrison Nell ... Student #1
BriAnn Rachele BriAnn Rachele ... Student #2 (as Briann Rachele)
Heidi Méndez ... Spanish Speaking Woman (as Heidi Mendez)
Moises L. Tovar ... Translator (as Moises Tovar)
Jarrod Phillips ... Group Leader
Ann Dowd ... Joan
Brock McKinney ... Aaron
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Storyline

When her mentally ill mother passes away, a woman named Annie (Toni Collette) and her husband (Gabriel Byrne), son (Alex Wolff) and daughter (Milly Shapiro) all mourn her loss. The family turn to different means to handle their grief, including Annie and her daughter both flirting with the supernatural. They each begin to have disturbing, otherworldly experiences linked to the sinister secrets and emotional trauma that have been passed through the generations of their family.

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Every family tree hides a secret. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence, disturbing images, language, drug use and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hereditary See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,575,172, 10 June 2018

Gross USA:

$44,069,456

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,336,821
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 7.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The film premiered on January 21, 2018 at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight section. See more »

Goofs

(at around 57 mins) During the family dinner scene, Peter's meal keeps persistently changing in every single shot, there are times the meat changes angles, flips over, is hanging different ways. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Steve: Come on, Peter. Wake up.
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Written by Dustin Musser and Dylan Lewman
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An Unconventional Horror Thrill Ride
13 June 2018 | by littlemankazooSee all my reviews

In this age of horror being very much reliant on the gimmicks and unique right hooks to the audience to get them into the seats, it's not entirely common that one sees a good old fashioned spook-house horror film.

No gimmicks. No twists. Just a film that does its absolute best to get your skin crawling, nerves tightened, and heart pounding.

'Hereditary', as you may imagine, is one of those films.

'Hereditary' is about as simple as a horror movie nowadays can come; terrible circumstances befall a seemingly ordinary family, these circumstances lead to discoveries of something terrible in their family tree, and soon enough things come apart rather quickly.

What this film excels at is all in the technicals. The performances are all beyond convincing and do the job selling the understated terror this film has to offer. Specifically, Toni Collette delivers in a manner that had even my skin crawling.

What is also noticeable when it comes to this film's strengths is the excellent cinematography. While it is perhaps not as flashy and noticeable as 'Upgrade' and its revolutionary camera-work that I raved about, this film accomplishes a more suitable sense of suspense and nerve-wracking tension through it. Whether in-motion or standing completely still, the camera makes itself apparent in this film and works beyond effectively.

The only thing of it is, this film is not for you if you prefer a straightforward and conventional horror film. The first act is very much a slow burn, while the rest of the film builds its horror and tension in ways that I do not believe a general audience would appreciate quite as much. It's not abstract, but considering it lacks the conventions of jumpscares and instead relies on atmosphere, mood, and its performances to scare...that perhaps explains a bit why the film is striking the general audience as so polarizing.

But, if you can appreciate a slow, creepy, atmospheric film that aims directly to make your skin crawl and make you shuffle in your seat, I think you'll truly enjoy the ride this film takes you on.

Unconventional, scary as hell, but perhaps not perfect in what it aspires to do, 'Hereditary' is still a scary time for all the right reasons.


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