in defense of Peter, I think his character is the most accurate representation of a teenager trying to break out of his parents, going through a rebelling phase and then going through such a traumatic event that made him completely regress and not be able to break out from under his parents' wings. his character was amazingly developed and the actor did such a great job. I worked with teens briefly and they constantly oscillate between being complete rebels and being complete momma's babies. i dislike the ending of this movie i think it was amazing until the last 15 minutes of film, Toni Collete's performance is what had me glued to the screen. Her character is amazing, raw and realistic of a mother who grieves her child from the moment the child is born with this cluster of health problems that makes it impossible for them to have a completely normal life. This movie, imo, it's about her, and even though Peter is a big part and his character is amazingly written, Toni is the focus and shes, imo, what makes hereditary such a great movie (aside from the other amazing aspects like direction and photography).
I don't like the ending but everything leading to that ending i actually enjoyed and i am looking forward to what ari aster brings next. Its, like u said, an amazing debut film and im looking forward to what's to come.
Upon second viewing.
My flaws from first viewing were completely gone.
Peter's crying was still off for about 2 seconds. Anytime I had a problem that I could point out, it was gone nearly right away.
Toni collete will stay in my nightmares for a while
I’m not 100% sure, but I think that odd “rave” sound could’ve possibly been the sound designer experimenting with infrasound. I recently learned about the use of infrasound in horror/suspense movies. And I actually used it in a micro short that I made. Not sure if I even did it correctly, but with good speakers or headphones you can hear it...and feel it.
was scrolling thru netflix looking for some creepy shit tonight and came across this one. like you said, not super scary, but it was super rad and im glad i watched it 👌 im a lil blazed rn but still, sick film yall id recommend
I love how people in the comments are acting like Adam said he hated the movie or something, mostly because he didn't personally find it scary and because he didn't like Alex Wolff's performance. Adam is not "wrong" for having these opinions or observations. That shouldn't change your own perspective if you really enjoyed the movie.
Really? REALLY? Alex Wolff put his all into the performance he was supposed to give and it paid off, yet I'm still seeing people criticising his crying as though it's stupid?! That's the most realistic movie cry I've heard in a long while. Most other movies just get the actors to look sad while adding water drops down their cheek, but Alex tried his god damn best and it really does enrage me to see people criticise him!
I love film and I think Hereditary deserves a lot of praise. (SPOILERS AHEAD)
It definitely is more of a drama when you look at it as a film about mental illness and how it affects tragedy. I think the movie was damn near scary. The scene where Toni just fucking crawls along the side of the wall while Alex isn't looking was actually terrifying. The scene where Charlie's head rolls off out of the corner and turns into a ball in the darkness was great too. This movie is like a horrible bendadryl trip. Best horror I've seen in recent years. I almost want to give it an eight but some scenes were just a little too cliche so I'm gonna say 7.8/10. But if I had to round it is definetly an 8. Good fucking movie.
I don't get how this movie was good...It was waaaay too subtle and didn't portray or tell the plot in any way that was coherent to the audience or viewers who watch horror. It didn't make a lot of sense when it was trying to portray the grandma's place in the entire story nor Charlie's and just barely got Peter's down to being able to understand just enough of what was happening. There was a lot of plot holes and time skips that weren't made apparent enough to the audience. What happened with the daughter's case? How wasn't it important to display a police presence or some kind of legal consequence or backlash from driving high and getting Charlie killed, leaving the daughter's decapitated body in the car, driving home, leaving the head and then simply going to bed. Then you expect some kind of satisfying discussion between the child and the parents about what happened and their feelings towards the kid yet it cuts the conversation short and simply shows the avoidance between the kid and the mom. I'm not discrediting your opinion or view on the script or plot but I just don't understand how people can say it was "such an amazing movie" when ultimately it failed to impress me.
I just watched this film finally and I absolutely loved it. The scenes where it gets really intense and all over the place freaked me out but I also enjoyed it. I wish they explained the origin story a little more but overall I think this is my favorite horror movie. I wish more movies were written like this
Really interesting review but I cannot fathom how someone could not find this film scary. It's one of the only horror films in the last few years that has genuinely chilled me to my core and stuck with me for weeks after.
Hmm...maybe you have to be the parent of an adolescent boy to know that they are far less “brave” with their moms than they are in public...especially if they accidentally decapitated their sister and their mother not only hates them but is scaring the shit out of them by successfully invoking his aforementioned headless sister.
Love your reviews and I agree with 98% of your critiques...file this under the other 2%.
Also, no noticeable CGI gore apart from those ants. All the gore was practical, and the parts where people got lit on fire, actually had people on fire.
If those parts had CGI then it was not noticeable, other R rated action/horror films really need to take notes here.
He complains that jump scare horror movies suck, then he sees this atmospheric horror film and he says its not spooky enough? Also I think hes being to hard on Wolf's performance. Saying he cried wrong is so weird because everyone cries differently.
they based peter's crying off of actual teenagers who has been through so much trauma that they resorted into childlike emotions/crying when having a breakdown. when you cry, and i mean really cry, you do sound kind of funny, but that's what real crying is, especially with a character who has been through so much like peter has.
expected everything when watching it, the plot felt too predictable since they give you tons of clues from the very begining. Was actually wishing to be wrong cause if that was it, it was gonna be cringey and run of the mill; and it was. And yes, it wasn't scary, and gets you uninvested in the middle (and makes you cringe at the end) But it's true the set was great, the shots were great, and the mom was great.
When it comes to modern horror i would much rather stick to it comes at night, green room, get out and dont breathe, than this. I feel like it's being overhyped. Its not bad though, and i do wish to see more from this director.
It seemed as though it was trying to be a occult mystery to me. I just felt that it was trying too hard to be something it wasn't. It was still pretty good, but, considering what passes for horror today, it was a cut above. Still in comparison, "The Witch" did it better.
Alex dragged it down? I disagree. His crying was actually realistic. You guys understand that there are scenes where you can just have tears trickle down your cheeks and you can be silent, but god no, when they put their whole body and emotion into it, it’s too embarrassing. It’s supposed to be emotional, ass. I cried at this scene, but I’m a baby and I have severe anxiety when I watch this film. I thought he was great. Everyone was. But I guess you either love or hate his performance. But fucking Gabriel Byrne. He was SO GREAT and got so little recognition!! What kind of ASS SHIT is that???!!!!!!
I’m 45 minutes into this movie right now. As you see I’m typing a YouTube comment instead. It’s mostly because I can’t give a shit about what is going on. I feel like they keep showing me something about to happen and it doesn’t, and the one time it did it was so over the top that I wasn’t even shocked so much as “did they just do that? Well, okay I guess.” I agree with it working way better as a drama. I don’t like dramas generally. Visually this thing is amazing though. They hold on to the conceit of the opening shot and that doesn’t seem easy.
ALEX WOLFE WAS SO GOOD HE'S JUST SCARED BOY WATCH IT HE'S SISTER DIE AND MOTHER HATES HIM AND A FATHER DIDN'T CARE ABOUT HIM YOU PEOPLE JUST DON'T WANT SOMETHING NEW ANYWAY HEREDITARY IS GREAT PSYCHOLOGY MOVIE ADAM
I’ve seen hundreds of horror movies in my day, and even more real life gore than I would ever care to admit but that scene (and if you’ve seen the movie you know which scene I mean) literally made me scream out loud. I have never reacted this way to any thing in any movie ever, and could almost not keep watching the movie after it happened
I must be one of the few people who saw this movie and absolutely hated it... I just found the plot weird and almost annoying, and often laughed more than anything because it seemed so ridiculous. Guess the movie just wasn't my style
Gotta address some shit here:
Alex's crying. A lot of people sound weird when they cry, and his childlike crying contributed to his fragile, humiliated character, the way I see it.
Alex saying "mommy". HE WAS MENTALLY SHATTERED.
"The ants don't look real." There is a person in the credits labeled the "ant wrangler", so they actually were real, doucher.
I do agree with a lot of the points that you made on this video about this movie. Especially the crying parts from the boy lead. But god damn, the fucking faces that Toni Collette made throughout the whole movie annoyed the shit out of me.
I didn't mind him telling mommy, but I agree that his crying was distracting.
I also agree about the ending. In fact, I think it might have been better with less explanation.
Beyond that, it's a really great film. The camera work is great and I really liked the number of rather subtle long takes, it felt more like they were doing it to let the actors flow uninterrupted than to just be showy. But my favorite thing just has to be some of the phenomenally horrifying, beautifully constructed imagery. It's less scary and more just haunting.
This movie terrified me when I first watched it, but upon rewatching the film a couple times and reading up on the background for the film, I definitely began to think it was extremely interesting. It’s a good movie that’s really fun to rewatch with friends.
And he is a method actor, meaning that all the way through filming he pretended to BE Peter, and the director addressed him as Peter. He mentally committed himself to each scene, and after the movie came out, he said that he probably actually had PTSD from what he had to do. That's commitment.
It reminded me a lot of the Shining. This is neither an insult nor a compliment. Just how the camera slowly creeps forward and the family drama and etc. I honestly didn't care if it was horrifying or not. I just appreciated a creepy movie done good and not like fast food movies that are solely based on jumpscares.
I honestly feel like this movie is just pure insanity at the end. Like the directors and actors just slowly went insane while making it. It's a well made movie, but it just gets insane and confusing to me....
They could have gotten a better actor but if shit starts going down and you think you are about to die, anyone would say Mommy. Come on. Also that dinner scene was not out of focus and that music part I didn't hear. I agree with everything else.
Good review, but the comment on Peter's way of crying "mommy" is uninformed. I mean, the character accidentaly committed something unconcievable. He and his mom were distant, but they still loved each other. And then things went down the shitter. When all he has left is her and she crawls on the ceiling and bangs her head on the attic door, all he wants is his family back and to tell his mom he loves her and wants this to end. When the most important person in your life, the one person representing unbounded love for you, also becomes part of the nightmare, you mourne her. You want her back, and the child inside you comes out. You don't call her "mom" or "mother" or "Annie", you want your "mommy", the one person that shielded you from the hell that was outside when you were a kid to comfort you, to just have one more hug from her and feel the warmth of motherly love instead of a demented and twisted incarnation of insanity that wants you harm.
Just out of curiosity, what DO you find scary Adam? Because as far as a movie experience goes, this is about as scary as it gets in my opinion. It was intense, it was horrific, it had the best performances (yes, plural) of the year, it had me holding my breath without realising. This is one of the greatest horror movies of all time, i don't care what you say.
I usually like your reviews, but holy shit you butchered this review. I know it's all your personal opinion, but in my personal opinion Alex Wolfe's acting went way over your head. It seems like a lot of people in here agree as well.
You seem a little too used to the way people generally fake cry in movies.
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