HORROR 101: HEREDITARY

As I gradually (and maturely) shelve my fear of horror films, I begin a Marathon to catch my feeble heart up on all the things I’ve missed. I document my journey here.

11th August, 2020

Romcom like Horror films have given themselves to the tropes of jump scares and scary monsters: everything is going smooth for our main characters; they are in their natural environment until everything goes to hell.

Hereditary refuses to fool you.

It’s two hours. It takes half of that for the first horror to happen but from the onset it has been preparing you. Every shot, loudly deliberate, is strange. The music. The sadness wearing the characters, the solemnity of it all is outright scary and suspicious.

The dialogue. The isolation of each character in their world even when they are all together. I’m already scared of this 13-year-old kid who didn’t cry as a baby… The performance, oh the performances, it leaves you enthralled.

Hereditary is too scary to have a monster. Too frightening for jump scares. Absolutely terrifying but aesthetically appealing to look away from. One of the best directing I’ve seen in a horror film. The best performances from every single actor in it.

In spite of adequate preparations so you won’t have a heart attack, you still jump up, scared, because nothing can prepare you for some of the things seen here. This is horror,

6/10.

(Why 6/10 then? Despite being horror to the tiniest note, the plot isn’t gratifying. Don’t get me wrong, it’s interesting but the resolution is not for everybody.)

Okiki Adeduyite

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