|Toni Collette as Annie Graham|
|Gabriel Byrne as Steve Graham|
|Alex Wolff as Peter Graham|
|Milly Shapiro as Charlie Graham|
|Ann Dowd as Joan|
|The Dollhouse Effect|
Hereditary toys with the concept of perception. Physical reality, visual perspective, psychological cognizance, and even auditory recognition are manipulated to create a sense of unease and disequilibrium.
|Portrait in Black|
Plot: The death of a family matriarch is the catalyst event sparking an interlinked eruption of remorse, reflection, and revelation that ultimately sends an already loosely-tethered family spiraling completely and horrifically out of control. Annie (Toni Collette) whose mother it was died in hospice after a long, grasping illness, is an artist who copes with her troubled childhood (a mother who suffered from dissociative identity disorder, a father whose clinical depression led him to starve himself to death, an older brother who committed suicide when she was just a teen) by recreating traumatic life events in breathtakingly disturbing miniature dioramas.
|Charlie and the Chocolate Factory|
Afflicted with a lethal allergy to nuts, Charlie's sweet tooth and love of chocolate
turns every member of the family into around-the-clock sentinels
And oh, so delighted to be surprised at the movies again.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS FILM
The Amityville Horror, the element of surprise is still a good thing in a horror movie.
OK, we all know horror films, like comedies, rarely get any respect come award season. And given the long and impressive list of films and performances that have been overlooked over the years, it's hard to get too worked up over any of it. But, seriously, Hereditary was robbed. Toni Collette is al raw, exposed nerve endings in what I think is the best performance of her career to date. I'm just gonna say my own personal Le Cinema Awards would go to go to Toni Collette and Alex Wolff, and then from there, I take in direction, screenplay, cinematography, sound, and art direction/production design.
|Annie finds someone outside of the home to whom she can confide|
Nothing's more terrifying than a horror film that takes death, loss, and grief seriously
From 2008 to 2010, Gabriel Byrne played psychologist Paul Weston on the HBO series In Treatment. Alex Wolff portrayed his son in the show's last season.
|Father & Son (again)|
|Modern Family / Ordinary People |
The original cut of Hereditary ran 60-minutes longer than the theatrical release.
The original shooting script is available to read HERE
Copyright © Ken Anderson