Review: Hereditary PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 June 2018 09:13

Rating: No Zs

By Jeremy Martinez

Plot: After the passing of her mother, Annie (played by Toni Collette) fights to maintain control over her and her family's life as it steadily falls apart. The more Annie finds out about her mother's secretive past, the darker and more horrifying Annie's life becomes. Annie and her family's lives hang in the balance as the answers to the past lead to a supernatural and scary future.

The Good: I'm calling it now, Hereditary will become one of the top horror classics in years to come. Hereditary is a slow-burning, supernatural, horror flick that steadily, and then quite violently, crescendos into something sinisterly anew. One of the more "fresh" horror films I've seen in a few years, Hereditary starts with a familiar premise - and then takes us into unexplored territory. combining the unsettling "real" horror of family tragedy along with the supernatural. The movie, like a lingering ghost, latches on, feeding into your fears and builds into an amazingly creepy final act - an act that I am still haunted by, in a good way.

The Bad: Given that I may as well have been possessed by a Hereditary fan boy thus far in this review, to really say anything too negative would require a proper exorcism beforehand. I will say, being that this is a slow-burner of a film, horror fans of the more fast-paced "jump scare" flicks might not find this film as satisfying. Fans of older genre flicks, such as Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Omen (1976), or even The Exorcist (1973), will find some familiarity in Hereditary, but the demographic for this film is not as far reaching as last year's It or Get Out. If you don't love all that is horror, you may take this into consideration...though I'd dare you to go watch this anyways.

The Ugly: From beginning to end, Hereditary is packed full of creepy imagery and iconography that will have you guessing until the final act. I found myself laughing at moments, and on the edge of my seats during other moments. Hereditary is one of those rare horror films that delivers on all fronts - and in such a way that audiences will be talking about for years to come. Find your bravery, and buy yourself a ticket to see Hereditary in theaters as soon as you can.   

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Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale

No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie

Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie

ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film

ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie

ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing. Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping

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