So, are you excited about our screening of Hereditary on Wednesday yet? You should be. The film is currently sitting at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been described by Time Out New York as “this generation’s The Exorcist”.

According to Inverse, this horror flick might even get your heart pumping a little more blood than usual. Results from a Heart Rate Challenge show five moviegoers whose heart rates spiked as high as 167 beats per minute. If this data is accurate, it will make this the most physiologically stressful film in horror history.

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Viewers have spoken about being shaken after watching the film, so you best prepare yourself for a wild time.


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.

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