Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

måndag 1 oktober 2018


Directed by: Ari Aster
Written by: Ari Aster
Stars:  Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne... read more

Country: USA
Style: Drama | Mystery
Runtime: 2h 07min

No holding back here regarding my gushing for Hereditary. Right up until the bizarre conclusion it had me enthralled and saying to myself "this movie is so fucked, its amazing!". I really dug how refreshing Hereditary played out using different angles, emotions and not once being predictable, it honestly surprised the hell out of me and actually had me excited to watch what would happen next. A bizarre series of horrifying events all culminate and really need to be absorbed after viewing, a possible second viewing to understand what just occurred might be necessary. Its such an offbeat and strange movie but completely engaging and refreshing in its nature and execution.

The plot revolves around the Graham family who attend a funeral for a grandmother/mother of family. Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) plays the father Steve Graham and Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense) plays his wife Annie. Their two kids Peter played by Alex Wolfe (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle) and Charlie played by Milly Shapiro in her acting debut. Right from the beginning of the film we can see this is no ordinary family, there is a lot of isolation and distancing between them. The daughter Charlie is particularly strange in behavior and physical appearance and has some serious ties to her grandmother who was very secretive and peculiar as well.

Hereditary plays out as tragedy once again hits the Graham family and it is too much for the mother Annie to bear. She seeks asylum in group meetings to talk about her experiences but while a refuge it also leads to a series of events which the whole family will be tormented by. I really don't want to give much away because I urge you to check it out. Hereditary is a film I believe people will either be infatuated with or completely despise. Its success lies in it being so offbeat and eccentric but also in its convictions to make a dead serious and utterly disturbing film.. All the actors performances in this one are well crafted but special mention goes to Toni Collette who blows the top off the whole ordeal. Collette's performance as the deeply disturbed mother Annie really carries the film and is so convincing your not sure if she is telling the truth or certifiably insane.

Hereditary sets up the story in a mid paced fashion by focusing on atmosphere, interactions of the characters especially the Graham family with each other. There is no comedic relief in this one, its doomed and depressing atmosphere permeates consistently for its duration and the visuals and absolute creepy and disturbing nature prevalent is nothing short of hair raising. Hereditary had my skin crawling with some genuine chilling moments, it was unpredictable and blinding with the sheer terror involved. Hereditary is engaging, eccentric, full of offbeat excess and debauchery. This is the real deal, I'm not focused on petty real life logic here like I've read in negative reviews, I'm in it for the experience and the film engulfed me in flames.

My rating: 4 out of 5


Produced by:  Gabriel Byrne, Tyler Campellone... read more
Cinematography by: Pawel Pogorzelski
Editing by: Lucian Johnston, Jennifer Lame
Special Effects by: Becky Roundy, Charles Roundy... read more
Music by: Colin Stetson
Language: English
Color: Color

DistributorElevation Pictures


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. Combined his love for underground films, music and comics with writing in the 90's. Started tape trading the good stuff around that time when originals of Italian classics by Fulci, Argento, Deodato, Castellari and Margheriti were hard to find. Then came German gore by Ittenbach and Schnaas, Mondo movies and Japanese gore such as Guinea Pig and Men Behind The Sun. Written for Violent Maniacs Cage, Mortados Pages Of Filth, ZFE Films With Attitude, Severed Cinema, Goregasmic Cinema, Pophorror & Extreme Horror Cinema.