Director: Ari Aster Run Time: 127 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 2018
Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff
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.
Toni Collette not getting a Best Actress nomination for her role as Annie in Ari Aster’s debut Hereditary is as crazy as the last twenty minutes of this film. The range, depth, silence, and guts she brought to this grieving mother stands heads above the rest. We worry this is another genre bias but, Toni, you already won in our hearts.