It’s 2018 and there are hardly any horror movies that are genuinely scary anymore. Maybe the Conjuring franchise still has a few frights but, generally, there aren’t many films that cause you to lose sleep anymore. All that might change with Hereditary, a film critics are calling the scariest film ever made. Does it really push the envelope?
Move over IT, Get Out, Annabelle: Creation, and The Exorcist. There is a new king of horror coming to town. After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, critics have unanimously called Ari Aster’s Hereditary the “scariest horror movie in years”.
“This isn’t a scary movie. It’s pure emotional terrorism, gripping you with real horror, the unspeakable kind, and then imbuing the supernatural stuff with those feelings,” wrote AV Club
“Hereditary seeks to confound by swinging between moments of controlled Kubrick-ian terror and unhinged emotional hysteria,” wrote Thrillist. “The screams in the theatre were almost as frightening as what was on screen.”
USA Today described it as “the most insane horror movie in years,” adding that “If you’d ever like to sleep again, then you should probably steer clear of A24’s latest horror offering.”
Hereditary follows a family and a mysterious legacy they find themselves entwined in when they their relative dies. Strange and eerie things start happening to the family and they begin to unravel cryptic and terrifyingly dark secrets about their ancestry.
Hereditary is coming June 8, 2018.
Hereditary is f'ing TERRIFYING. I won't be able to sleep tonight. (Also: I'm a little bit in love with Toni Collette). #Sundance
— Tomris Laffly (@TomiLaffly) January 23, 2018
HEREDITARY is so disquieting, you’ll be gasping for air in the theater. Utterly believable supernatural horror. There will be no scarier movie this year. If there is, it means we’re in a new golden age. #Sundance
— Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf) January 23, 2018