The first trailer for horror film Hereditary has finally dropped and it’s everything we hoped it would be.
If you feel like crying yourself to sleep tonight then you’re in luck, because this trailer is equal parts terrifying and intriguing.
It’s only January, but people are already decrying this film as the scariest of 2018 and to be fair, it certainly looks like it’s going to be that way.
Usually, when people are decrying a new film as being the scariest ever, it’s people on social media who don’t actually like horror flicks.
They’ll swear blind the latest Insidious is definitely the scariest film you’ll ever see, but we all know it actually isn’t.
Yet when film experts at Sundance film festival make the same statement about the film, it’s time to sit up and listen to them.
The film has been produced by film studio A24, pioneers of genre film and the people behind The VVitch, Green Room and the newly Oscar-nominated Lady Bird.
The film received its worldwide premier at Sundance a couple of days ago and the word-of-mouth hype is unbelievable, as reported by The Independent.
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This is what the film’s about:
When Ellen, the matriach 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.
Thrillist’s review proclaimed the ‘screams in the theatre were almost as frightening as what was on screen’.
AV Club even had this to say:
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.
It didn’t play me like a fiddle. It slammed on my insides like a grand piano…
The warped genius of the film’s tactic is how it steeps us in the pain of these characters, investing in the drama of their situation, and then uses the raw emotions—theirs and ours—to enhance the potency of its set pieces.
Which are masterful, by the way: Propelled by a dread-infused, disorienting score by avant-garde saxophonist Colin Stetson, the film does a number on the nerves, perfecting the James Wan approach of prolonged suggestion and peekaboo funhouse horror.
But even the jump scares feel psychologically loaded.
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
Judging by the initial reviews and the trailer, this is 100 per cent not something any self-resecting horror fan should be missing.
Let’s hope all the hype is justified and we are indeed in a new golden age of horror films.
The film is set for a June 8 release in the US but there’s not yet any indication of a UK date, so keep your eyes peeled!