Hereditary (2018) – spoiler free review
So a few weeks ago on a Tuesday afternoon, I went to see Hereditary. Tuesday afternoon being relevant because 1. Meerkats give us half price cinema tickets on a Tuesday (bless them) and 2. because I happened to have the day off work and thought it would be ideal to watch an atmospheric horror film without it being ruined by little teens on triple date night who generally stress me out with their talking, whispering and laughing (THROUGH THE TENSE BITS!). The film started at 2.40pm – all the bastards would still be in school. Hahahahahahahaha.
I actually had fairly high hopes for Hereditary, given the interesting trailer, cast (like, proper actors you know, not just sexy young people) and even the duration which stands at just over two hours long. I mean, a two hour modern horror? There’s got to be some substance in there surely. Hopefully. Well we’ll see.
The story, which I’m assuming most people who know or care about the movie probably know already, centres around a family (Mum – Toni Collette and Dad – Gabriel Byrne, plus older bro and little sister) who start experiencing disturbing and weird shit shortly after Toni Collette’s mum passes away. It is implied that the grandmother was into some rather strange activities and the film unfolds accordingly.
I thought it was pretty good. It had some scary moments, some quite disturbing moments and never felt run-of-the-mill – important to note in a sea of generic horrors. It definitely had a story – and a pretty clever not to mention unsettling one at that. It was involved and if I’m being totally honest, after watching it just once, I’m not entirely sure of how EVERY tiny little jigsaw piece fit together but generally it made sense and I actually quite enjoy trying to figure it all out anyway – (“so when that happened, it meant that thing from earlier and they did that again because of what that person said – ohhhh, I see!”) – I’m a stickler for wanting every single thing to be coherent to the plot. Makes it so much better.
Oh and I felt for the characters at times which is both nice and a little bit rare in the horror genre. Especially the teenage son and sweet dad Gabriel Byrne (who I used to fancy a bit back in the day – and by ‘back in the day’ I mean, I dunno, the 90s? He still looked pretty good in Ghost Ship and that was 2002).
One mild complaint was that it kinda felt a bit of a slow burner (or Byrner – ho ho ho) at times, though I feel bad saying that because there are shocking scenes in the first half and there are certainly shocking scenes in the second half too. The film is pretty dark and so has a good mix of ‘night time creepy’ and ‘woahhhh that is fucked up and gross’ (said in a voice like Samuel L. Jackson). I mean more the story itself really – the comprehension and action and subsequent conclusion – it took a while to all register and the ‘wondering what the eff or when is this REALLY gonna kick off’ went on maybe a few minutes too long (including Dad not wanting to believe anything bad was happening – which to be fair happens in most family-home horrors). Though, like I say, I feel it’s a little unfair drawing attention to it because actual WEIRD STUFF did happen throughout and it retained a good atmosphere too. So really I’m not even sure what I’m talking about. As usual. Babble.
Anyway – one way I know how much I enjoyed a movie in the cinema is if I want to watch it again at home. And yes, I definitely want to watch Hereditary again at home. I certainly recommend it as well, especially to fellow horror fans and if you’re looking for something a little bit different (that’s also a little bit horrid – in a good way).