Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 2h 07m
2018 has been a great year for horror so far with Ghost Stories and A Quiet Place – and Hereditary will most definitely be adding another jewel to that list — tense, terrifying and profoundly unsettling.
Written and directed by Ari Aster, here is a film about a family who are dysfunctional in a more peculiar way.
Starring Toni Collette as Annie Graham, a deeply troubled mother and artist, who makes miniature doll’s houses in her free time (the cinematography very cleverly frames the real houses as doll’s houses throughout the movie).
Annie’s abusive mother has just died, but her presence appears to remain. Annie’s children were also malignantly influenced by the mother, and now the teenage son Peter (Alex Wolff) and daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) are receiving messages from beyond the grave to release the evil that is in their DNA.
Saxophonist Colin Stetson’s score percussively keeps the horror alive, every beat of the way.
The screening on Friday 27th will be introduced by Dr Darren Elliott-Smith
Senior Lecturer in Film and TV (University of Herts)
Author of several books and journal articles on the Horror Genre, Cult Film, Gender and Psychoanalysis.
The talk introduces Hereditary as another instance of recent critically and commercially successful horror films (Get Out, It Comes at Night, A Quiet Place) and marks a resurgence of interest in the genre in turbulent times.
It confronts the media-term ‘post-horror’ suggesting a shift towards ‘accessible’ horror that speaks about social anxieties and fears in the 21st Century.
The film also comes with post-screening discussion in the foyer (20 minutes).