Horror film fans in India have an exciting event on the horizon – the release of Hereditary on June 22. The film is already one of the most polarizing horror movies of recent years.  If you’re thinking, “that’s what they say with every release!”, you should probably read on.

The first impressions that we got from the trailer were disturbing enough. The ominous background score will leave your teeth clenched.

From the audience and critics’ response, it won’t be surprising if the movie sets a legacy. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and saw the audience freaking out.

Hereditary uses the setting of a regular family and emotions to create pure horror. The monster or the fear factor is not a supernatural one this time around. The monster in this film is the grief that one experiences after a tragic loss.


The story starts when the matriarch of the household passes away. Her daughter Annie (played by Toni Collette) and her family are still coming to terms with her death. Annie’s mother’s death unravels a range of emotions in her.

The film sees her trying to cope with the death and learning some uncomfortable secrets of her late mother. In turn, examining her own lineage. Also, the fact that she is an artist who creates miniature dollhouse and figurines makes everything else a bit creepy.  The movie uses her art as a narrative device in the most intrusive sense.

Hereditary also marks the debut of director Ari Aster in feature films. With this one, he has set the tone right.


The film seems scary and will unnerve you with its raw exploration of emotions. The grief transforms throughout the film as visible in the trailer. Toni Collete is hard to look at because she totally engages you with her volatility. There is also the case of a child doing disturbing things like killing a bird. If the trailer is anything to go by, the movie is going to be an emotional rollercoaster.


Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro, the two siblings in the film also add their weight in the film and are part of some crucial scenes. The film albeit of a horror genre still engages in quick dark comedy repartee throughout, leaving you a bit unsettled.

Hereditary released abroad and this is how it is being received.








A lot of reports emerged after Hereditary’s Sundance premiere where people reportedly walked out of the screening because it was just way too traumatizing.

Hereditary releases in India on 22nd June, 2018.