Horror movies tend to fall into certain categories, whether it’s slasher, supernatural or psychological, but they are often intrinsically linked by one key factor: sub-par acting.
Not to tar the whole of the genre with the same brush, it’s just that you rarely see a truly stand-out performance in a run-of-the-mill scarefest these days. At its core, this film works from a pretty straightforward concept, yet it manages to deliver a staggeringly effective experience due to its clever combination of exceptional directing, incredibly integrated score and, surprisingly, impeccable performances from almost the entire cast.
While you may think that you have seen it all before when you read the premise, there are very few films that have managed to deliver the level of intensity I experienced when watching Toni Collette’s completely enthralling portrayal of Annie as she and her family attempt to deal with the loss of her mother.
Hereditary is an essential slice of horror which deserves to be experienced in the dark
Originally published in Weed World Magazine issue 136
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