Hailed by some as this year’s The Babadook, Hereditary leapt from the snowed-in Sundance theaters of its premiere onto the unsuspecting crowds. Led by a career-high Toni Collette—if the critics are to be believed—writer/director Ari Aster’s feature debut takes horror’s love of all things feminine and twists it unimaginably.
The snap editing, perfectly metered character actors, and disconcerting images build unspeakable horror like it was a LEGO set. A ghost story that may not be a ghost story, it seems perfect for a crowd ready for a cerebral (yet visceral) horror tale. That it was acquired by A24 is just another seal of approval—those folks (The Witch) know horror.
Check out the trailer below:
Holy crap, right?
Here’s the official synopsis to tide you over with a bit more info:
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.
Hereditary premieres June 8, 2018.