Steven’s review published on Letterboxd :
I understand the effect this horror movie is having on audiences looking for something fresh, especially considering how the trailer coyly sets up a nice little red herring. Notwithstanding the last minute marketing reset from the arthouse (where I originally saw the trailer) to the cineplex (where I eventually saw the movie), Hereditary feels very much like an A24 production in the tradition of The VVitch, which is to say - in a complementary way - that this is not going to satisfy the mainstream audience that reveled in The Quiet Place or The Conjuring. Rather, the intended effect is a sustained unsettling of the viewer. (Indeed, a certain car accident sequence is probably the most unsettling thing I’ve seen in the cinema in recent memory.) But whereas The VVitch managed to keep its audience in such a delicious state for 1hr 32mins, Hereditary goes for an oppressive 2hrs, 7mins - all without any kind of breather. And as well composed and performed as Hereditary is, a film should never induce a palpable sense of exhaustion.