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2,071 Ratings


Directed by Ari Aster
United States, 2018
Horror, Thriller


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.

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Hereditary Directed by Ari Aster

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | 2 nominations including: Best First Feature

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2018 | 2nd place: Best Actress

A visceral, harrowing horror movie about a demonic cult with an American nuclear family in its grip. . . . Paimon is male, even when disembodied, even when growing up a girl; he is “covetous of a male human body” because it complements his essence. And yet his journey to find such a body drives the film’s terror.
August 21, 2018
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Aster’s artistry here is phenomenally assured, even classical, as he deftly mixes subgenres, while focusing more on his bewildered characters than on the horrors that either they or we can see (often as blurs or shadows). . . . On any view, it is a diabolically assured debut.
June 15, 2018
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This is the psychologically scariest film I’ve ever seen that has no thesis, no greater point it’s driving home, no true coherence, nor character development. As a witch and magic practitioner, I was painfully aware that writer/director Ali Aster steered into a bevy of supernatural topics he didn’t adequately research or articulate.
June 12, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Hereditary

    sit 'Get Out'+'Babadook'+'Annihilation'+'Cabin Fever'+'Woodshock'+'Melancholia'+'Donnie Darko' on rocking chairs, strap'em down on a merry-go-round, start it up, speed it up to the max Hitch-style, break the security lever, let it spin out of control; result: Hereditary! There's cray cray, there's batshit crazy and there's "Hereditary". Jumped out of my seat more than if I was riding a dirt bike through a minefield.

  • Mugino's rating of the film Hereditary

    4-star front end that collapses to a 2-star dud. The supernatural is not inherently a poor creative choice, but it diminishes the raw authenticity of this family's psychological scars. It could have artistically broken from reality to depict unbearable anguish without having to literally name the demon plaguing the Grahams. Likewise, the dollhouse allegory doesn't work unless the miniaturist had been Creepy Grandma.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Hereditary

    Hereditary is a truly terrifying horror film and a great debut by director Ari Aster. Involving a cursed family thrust into tragedy, the film is as terrifying as any in recent memory and is an utter thrill to watch. I'm looking forward to Ari Aster's future work, he's a born filmmaker. Also, I deeply regret not seeing this in a movie theater. I bet this would've been insane with a big audience.

  • (arc)'s rating of the film Hereditary

    Like 'Scared Straight' for dysfunctional families. This shit helped me get my life back on track. Whatever your minor beef with this movie is, get over it. Good horror films have have always been illuminating and this one goes further.

  • mpho3's rating of the film Hereditary

    WTF, Ari Aster. Why make it all so convoluted? This could have been a straight up family drama, with the older brother "haunted" by his guilt and the mother dealing with her past. It goes totally off the rails once Ann Dowd's character gets thrown in the mix, and I hate saying that because she's an actress I love, and she's great here, but the ending and big reveal suck hard. 2 hrs is too long for that payoff.

  • film_lies101's rating of the film Hereditary

    This was kinda of a letdown. The mom insisting the son (who seems significantly older) take the sister to the party felt so awkward and forced. The writer is so transparent in the 'NEED" to have the sister go to the party so the plot can take off. The consistent soundtrack was also distracting

  • Spiritchaser's rating of the film Hereditary

    Tragedy is neither the fatal flaw in our character nor unforeseen mishaps. Rather, what defines the tragic is the naive belief that we are in control. Our fatal flaw is precisely this false sense of security. True horror is the recognition that even awareness of the (Oedipal) myth in advance does nothing to prevent its actualization. We are beholden to hidden primordial forces of the earth.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Hereditary

    This is hardly a perfect film but I cannot in good conscience give it anything lesse than 5 stars because...fuck...what the hell. I have no fucking idea who Ar Aster is but I really want to follow this dude around, you creepy motherfucker.

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