Hereditary ★★★★★

Not by any means scary in the conventional sense of the word, but look a little deeper and you’ll find something scarring.

It engulfes you in an atmosphere of ever-building dread unlike anything you’ve experienced before and then plunges you into an onslaught of some of the most visceral, unsettling imagery ever to be shown on screen.

Hereditary uses lighting and exposure in hitherto unheard of ways, it uses shadows with such unshakeable horror that you’ll never want to sleep again. It’s a stunningly, staggeringly well crafted film, as thematically dense as it is unbearably frightening and all lead by unforgettable performances from Toni Collette and Alex Wolff.

Loud noises and jump scares this ain’t. No, this is horror. The real kind. The pure, raw, unforgiving kind. The kind that burrows its way not into your skull but into your soul. You can’t run from it, and at times you won’t even be able to look away. There’s no solace here. There never was.

Good luck.

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