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Hereditary (2018)

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After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.

Director:

Ari Aster

Writer:

Ari Aster
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Wolff ... Peter
Gabriel Byrne ... Steve
Toni Collette ... Annie
Milly Shapiro ... Charlie
Christy Summerhays Christy Summerhays ... Charlie's Teacher
Morgan Lund Morgan Lund ... Mr. Davis
Mallory Bechtel ... Bridget
Jake Brown ... Brendan
Harrison Nell Harrison Nell ... Student #1
BriAnn Rachele BriAnn Rachele ... Student #2 (as Briann Rachele)
Heidi Méndez ... Spanish Speaking Woman (as Heidi Mendez)
Moises L. Tovar ... Translator (as Moises Tovar)
Jarrod Phillips ... Group Leader
Ann Dowd ... Joan
Brock McKinney ... Aaron
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Storyline

When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Evil runs in the family. See more »


Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

El legado del diablo See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,575,172, 10 June 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$44,069,456, 30 August 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,275,328, 16 August 2018
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Company Credits

Production Co:

PalmStar Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 7.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The production designer designed pieces for the house that were meant to be pieces from Annie's previous art collections. See more »

Goofs

Steve's accent changes between American and Irish throughout the movie. In particular his Irish accent stands out when he is on the phone to Annie or when he is yelling. However, this is not necessarily a mistake, given that the movie never specifies the character's nationality. Steve may very well be an Irishman who's been living in America for a long time. Actor Gabriel Byrne has successfully concealed his Irish accent on multiple films before this one. See more »

Quotes

[deleted scene]
Steve: You know, Annie, you can always build a shrine to all the terrible things in the world, but it doesn't mean that you have to destroy anything that is good.
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Soundtracks

Both Sides Now
Written by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Judy Collins
Courtesy of Elektra/Asylum Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A Hellish Nightmare

Hereditary is a refreshing example of a studio subverting expectations, as the trailer is purposely misleading (in a good way). Even as the film ventures into territory familiar to its genre, writer/director Ari Aster skillfully ratchets the tension into something that feels like a nightmare straight from hell.

Hereditary conjures multiple indelibly brutal moments of pure horror - the likes of which made many in my audience giggle in anxiety. Aster truly seems to get as much tension as possible from each scene. The film's direction, writing, cinematography, production design, and score are all some of the best the horror genre has seen. It's a beautiful thing to see a film crafted so keenly.

As for the cast, the highlights are an excellent performance by Toni Collette and a strong Alex Wolff. What begins as a drama about a family tearing apart with grief, descends into madness and the supernatural.

Hereditary doesn't redefine horror. It puts a wicked stamp of its own on the tropes of the genre. The film is a tremendous success, and a truly impressive feature-debut from Ari Aster. Horror doesn't get any better than this.


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