It seems that every year a number of movies come out of Sundance with heaps of hyperbolic praise only to be greeted coldly by audiences and critics who weren’t in attendance in Park City, Utah. This year, however, it seemed that there was little hyperbole coming from the snow-covered corners of Sundance, a general ho-hum attitude towards this year’s fare. There are, of course, exceptions and one notable exception this year is Hereditary, the horror film from writer-director Ari Aster. Since its debut, Hereditary was met with lots of praise from a variety of critics and A24, perhaps the best distributor in the world, quickly snatched up the horror film and gearing up to unleash Aster’s ghastly film on June 8, 2018.
Toni Collette stars alongside Gabriel Byrne in Aster’s breakout horror film which centers round the death of a family’s matriarch. From there, judging solely from the trailer, things get out of hand in the freakiest ways possible. I’m not entirely sure where Aster takes Hereditary based upon two minutes of clips removed from context, but I’m definitely interested in whatever is happening. Also starring in Hereditary are Milly Shapiro, Alex Wolff, and Ann Dowd. Something strange is happening to the Graham family and we won’t quite know what horrors are lurking in the bloodline until A24 delivers Hereditary into theaters this June 8th.
The official synopsis for Hereditary:
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.