The Winner is…
“A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.”
Director: Ari Aster
Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Bryne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro
I wrote my first ever movie review of Hereditary because of the instant impact it made on me. I was honestly skeptical if I would enjoy this film or not going into the theater, however, it instantly grabbed me and still has not let go of my mind-brain. It’s one of those films I find myself constantly thinking about months after watching it and the moment it starts to fade I end up watching it again.
Following the death of her mother, Annie Graham and her family wander into an inescapable nightmare of grief and agony, where every choice and circumstance brings them closer to their inevitable doom. Shot with tremendous precision, as carefully constructed as one of Annie’s miniatures, Hereditary drags you into the nightmare alongside the Grahams and features some of the most stunning technical filmmaking of the year, bar none.
This all starts with writer and director Ari Aster. The fact that this was his debut full-length feature film is ridiculous. His command of every scene is astonishing and not to mention a score and sound design that would give you nightmares even if you weren’t watching the screen. Toni Collete helped put this over the top with her portrayal as the grieving mother/daughter who seems like she is losing touch with reality. You feel every inch of her grief and remorse about the events taking place. This is another one of those rare films where everyone involved just killed it.
The Road to the Championship
Ari Aster’s horror tragedy was a heavy favorite to win this whole thing from the beginning and it did not disappoint. The movie never had a tough matchup till the Championship. In the first round, it dispatched #16 seed Happy Death Day with a score of 70%-30%. The second round was even an easier matchup as it beat the French horror film Raw 88%-12%. In the Sweet Sixteen, Hereditary would send Rob Zombie’s masterpiece The Devil’s Rejects packing by destroying it 90%-10%. It would go on to bulldoze its way through the Elite Eight and the Final Four by defeating American Psycho and Sinister bringing it face to face with its toughest competitor for a heavyweight battle. Let the Right One In would not go down easy only losing by two votes. Hereditary stands tall as the winner of our first Horror Movie Madness to determine the best horror movie of the 21st century!
Well, there you have it, Wasteoids. Hereditary is champion. Is that what you expected? Were you hoping another movie could have pulled it out to win the title? let us know your thoughts down in the comments!