Hype of a film. When it does the festival circuit, you hear a lot about it and how it is the “scariest film since The Exorcist.” That may be a whole lot of hyperbole. The hype it gets may be silly since it may not be any better than dozens of other films that have received great reviews that had less buzz. The latest is Hereditary, the debut feature length horror film by Ari Aster.
Ellen, the elderly matriarch of Annie’s family, dies leaving Annie with mixed emotions. Domineering, her death leaves Annie with issues that seem to eat away at her. While at a help-group meeting for the grieving, she meets Joan who tells Annie that one can do a séance to speak with the dearly departed. Soon strange things begin to occur that may tear apart her family.
Starring Toni Collette as Annie and including a supporting cast which includes Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd, the movie has received fantastic reviews from critics while negative views by audiences. Yet with the mixed reaction, the movie has already earned six times its budget. Dark Discussions takes a look at this movie and gives their thoughts.