Debutant director Ari Aster has created a horror flick which could be labeled as nothing less than a masterpiece. The cast which includes Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne have given a magnificent performance. Toni Collette’s performance has been deemed Oscar-worthy in this scary story of wicked evil.

"Hereditary" is a horror movie which slowly builds up the tension and in the process reveals how tragedy and grief slowly transform the individuals of the family into twisted and scary characters. A significant part of the Film is spent in drawing up the relationship between individuals until the climax which is a cacophony of nerve-wracking chaos as all the pieces fall in place.

About the film

Like most horror movies, “Hereditary” from its core begins in the usual way, trying to hide more than it reveals. The opening is fabulous and establishes Aster as a storyteller and is eclipsed only by the chilling final moments.

Another terrifying scene is the allergic reaction scene which was done with conviction by Milly. Milly revealed that she was involved in a life-threatening allergic reaction in her childhood and reproduced the experience with such confidence that fans were literally on the edge of their seats. The scene where Milly’s head is blown off when she peered out of the window evoked a shriek even from the most hardened fans of horror.

For viewers who are new to watching the horror genre of films, there is nothing pleasant in the movie and the tension which keeps tightening like a coil of wire in a watch.

There is wickedness in every frame and an unmistakable evil which keeps permeating layer by layer into the viewer’s psyche.

The final scenes find all the main characters dead, being sacrificed in grandma's diabolical plot which envisages using Alex Wolff's personality Peter to call upon Paimon, King of Hell to life.

The Guardian wrote, "They are overwhelmingly white, they worship demons, they hold powerful positions in society, they enjoy being naked.

But unlike the Republican party, they prefer to stay behind the scenes – at least until the end of the third act. You could think of them as a satanic deep state."

Box office collections

As of June 24, 2018, the film has grossed $35 million (26.38 million pounds) in the United States and Canada and $13.2 million (9.8 million pounds) in other countries.

On the review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 90 percent based on 240 reviews, and an average rating of 8.2/10.