Director(s): Ari Aster (Midsummer).
Writer(s): Ari Aster.
Genre: Supernatural / Psychological Horror.
Main Cast: Toni Collette (Velvet Goldmine, The Hours) as Annie Graham, Alex Wolff (The House of Tomorrow, Patriot's Day) as Peter Graham and Milly Shapiro (Debut) as Charlie Graham.
Budget/Box Office: $10 million / $79 million.
In a decade that brought many horror films that rely solely on jump-scares instead of using effective storytelling techniques, Hereditary (2018) set the standard that all horror films should aim to follow, therefore making it worthy of being one of the top 10 most important films of the 2010s.
Labelled as “the best horror film since The Exorcist”, Hereditary utilises a talented cast and a familiar setup to tell a harrowing story of a family breakdown, whose scares linger far beyond the end of the film.
Ari Aster plays with the classic setup of a family member passing away to allow the viewer to feel like they have some sort of control over the events that will follow in the film, however these expectations are completely subverted in a subtly foreshadowed turning point that sends the film down a nerve shredding path to insanity.