Hereditary Review: Family is the Greatest Horror of All

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Hereditary Review: Family is the Greatest Horror of All

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ri Aster’s unsettling Hereditary, this year’s second horror film offering after A Quiet Place, is likely to join the ranks of films credited with reinvigorating the camp-horror genre for many reasons.

Like Get Out, the film centres around the Machiavellian escapades of a dysfunctional white family (and in a delicious meta-tribute, has a character yelling “Get Out”). Hereditary also exploits the film’s eerie silence and unanticipated sound (especially the “klokk” sound of Charlie, the Graham daughter) to keep both its protagonists and audience willfully vigilant, à la A Quiet Place. And similar to It Follows and It Comes At Night, this movie too reimagines the usual tropes of the “evil spirit” and focuses on the horror within.

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