Hereditary is this year's most talked-about arthouse horror film. Like last year's mother!, Hereditary is a slow-burning film that doesn't offer the jump scares or buckets of blood that are trademarks of most other horror films. It has also been leaving critics and the movie-going public haunted -- in different ways.
Critics and die-hard horror fans have carried the film with them for days and weeks, with some unable to sleep, or declaring on Twitter they "are not okay." Toni Collette is already generating Oscar buzz for her leading role in the film. On the other side of the spectrum, Hereditary has received a D+ CinemaScore from the general public, and complaints of people walking out in the middle.
Fans of the film have something to look forward to when Hereditary hits Blu-ray. In an interview with writer/director Ari Aster for Hollywood Reporter, he reveals that 30 scenes were cut from the film.
"There is an hour missing. There are thirty scenes we cut out. Nobody wants it to be a three-hour movie, especially the distributor," explains Aster of his film, which clocked in at two hours, seven minutes. "But it was also the most important thing was pacing and finding that rhythm. The movie tells you what it needs to be. This was the best version of the movie. But the part of you that mourns the missing scenes, tells you to announce that it was three hours long. In the original cut, and in the script, the audience was forced to really stew. The breakdown of communication was chronicled in more pummeling detail."
While Hereditary is best experienced with little knowledge of what you are getting yourself into, the film follows Collette and her family after her estranged mother dies. Saying anything else would give away the experience of the film, but suffice it to say the family hits a slow, steady, downward trajectory.