Our next entry in this year’s countdown of horrors old and new, famous and forgotten, is 2018’s most discussed tale of terror. Films like It and Halloween have something of the funhouse about them. We watch, in part, and often more than once, for the thrills. That may explain why, despite widespread critical acclaim and an eventual strong box office, Hereditary received an initially dismal response from audiences. Hereditary isn’t the funhouse kind of horror movie. Although it has frights, it’s more disturbing and distressing than scary. The opening doesn’t feel like a horror movie. The first act, in fact, subjects the audience to one of the most uncomfortable and traumatizing family dramas in years.
But, love it or hate it, Hereditary is difficult to forget.