Jak-Luke Sharp’s review published on Letterboxd:
Entertainment Film Distribution. Cinema
”She isn't gone”
Ari Aster’s directorial debut Hereditary delves deep into the bleak fractious aberrant relationship between hostile environment and the lingering corpse of trauma, thematically linked to Robert Eggers The VVitch and layered with William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. Utilizing long endearing takes from cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski with editors Lucian Johnson and Jennifer Lame leads to a methodical approach of high intensity, evoking a true sense of dread and bleak depression that devours the images on screen, thankfully leading to a subdued usage of the idiotic jump-scare. Toni Collette is outstanding throughout, flipping from degrading penance to a mundane pedestrian with such a simple ease only reinforces the terrifying perception of bombastic grief and haunting decadence. Hereditary will either grasp you indefinitely or lose you entirely in its final act. An inconsequential and truly spectacular decision in which it embraces itself fully with it's horror without not necessarily enumerating a colossal series of lacklustre genre conventions.