There have been many horror movies over the years that have claimed to be the scariest film ever. While for many of them it was just a clever gimmick to lure audiences to the cinema, that doesn’t seem to be the case with Hereditary. It looks genuinely creepy. This isn’t just some clever label a big studio stuck on a movie poster. It’s actually a general consensus amongst film critics that this is truly something special and, more specifically, terrifying. The second powerhouse trailer proves just how scary Hereditary could be.
“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.”
“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.”
While the first trailer did a good job of teasing the film’s premise, this one really drives home the horror and terror. I’ll be having nightmares about that kid tonight.