HEREDITARY Blu-ray Review
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
Directed By: Ari Aster
Written By: Ari Aster
Starring: Alex Wolff (Peter), Gabriel Byrne (Steve), Toni Collette (Annie), Milly Shapiro (Charlie), Christy Summerhays (Charlie’s Teacher), Morgan Lund (Mr. Davis), Mallory Bechtel (Bridget), Jake Brown (Brendan), and more.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Runtime: Approx 127 Minutes
- English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Codec: MPEG-2
- Resolution: 480i (NTSC)
- Original aspect ratio: 2.00:1
- Subtitles: English SDH & Spanish
- Cursed: The True Nature of Hereditary
- Deleted Scenes
- Evil in Minature: Photo Gallery
I give the Hereditary Blu-ray a B.
I heard the hype surrounding this film and wanted to see for it myself. I did enjoy it. I wouldn’t say it is the scariest film ever but it does catch you off guard and may have some scenes that could cause you to ask yourself what the hell is going on.
Hereditary starts off with the Graham family losing a Grandmother then shortly after that they lose a Daughter, Charlie. When strange things start happening, the pieces are put together revealing a terrifying ending.
There are many things I liked about this film. The character Annie (Toni Collette) had a profession of making miniatures. The camera angles that were used as well as what she was making added to the creepiness of the film. They used the miniatures to tell a bit of the story. A few of the scenes with Peter (Alex Wolff) had me hiding underneath the covers. You actually didn’t know what was going to happen and because of this, a few scenes were scary due to the fact they were not predictable. Later in the film, it was revealed that witchcraft was behind the strange things that were happening. Witchcraft in films can be cheesy or great depending on how the director/writer portrays it. In this film, it blended in perfectly with the plot and characters. I was kind of disappointed with the ending of this film. The purpose or goal of the followers (and the cause of all the strange things happening to the family) of this particular form of witchcraft wanted to resurrect King Paimon who needed a male form. The subject was Charlie but for the followers to gain the riches, a male subject was needed to live on. That is exactly what happened. Maybe I was expecting more? Maybe like a vengeful ghost, or a person putting a curse on the family? Maybe you’ll like it just as is!
Catch Hereditary out on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital September 4th!