Tevan’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm going to be very smug about this but I don't care. Also I feel like the whole letterbox community had the same issue.
I have a problem with good horror films.
Firstly, I would never watch a horror film at home, no matter how good it is. I need to be in a theater to at least enjoy it and this is where the problem comes from.
THE AUDIENCE FOR A HORROR FILM IS THE FUCKING WORST.
A film is not a rollercoaster and you don't have to make sex noises to show your excitement or your fear.
And if the horror film is actually a good one, a self-respecting cinemagoer would go to see a film with a story and artistic positions, not just monsters jumping on a screen.
Hereditary is a good film, but since it's also a horror film, there was a mainstream audience, and there goes the yelling, the dumb laughing, the talking, the feasting etcetera etcetera.
My audience basically was "OMG ANTS THIS IS HILARIOUS, LET ME LOUDLY CHEW MY FOOD NOW".
Anyway, the film is good, theres an amazing work of camera movement and it adds a lot to the tension in a scene.
The story starts really well, but gets more and more uninteresting with time.
It easily gets confused between a drama and a horror film and at the end decides to actually end it like a horror. It's the writers choice, but it didnt work with me. Felt excessive.