It’s been branded the most frightening film in years. Yes we’ve heard that before, but all the signs are pointing towards Hereditary being the genuine article and the biggest chill since ‘The Beast from the East’. Now British cinema-goers can rest easy (in one way at least), because the date for its UK release has been set.
That’s right folks, put June 8 in your diaries, unless you happen to be Kanye West, who’ll be turning 41 on that day.
From A24, who gave us The Witch, Green Room and Lady Bird, the film is directed by Ari Aster and has a cast that contains two bona-fide stars in Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne. It’s also been branded “the most traumatically terrifying horror movie in ages” by The AV Club, although there hasn’t really been much in the way of competition in ages, something yours truly has bemoaned on several occasions. Still, sounds promising.
As the synopsis says: “When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.”
It was at this year’s Sundance Festival in January where it received its world premiere, and managed to get the audience quaking in their boots – and as we all know, Sundance boots are notoriously difficult to quake. Heck, apparently the festival’s founder, Robert Redford himself, even had his eyes covered at one point.
There’s nothing like striking while the iron’s hot, so it would be a shame if global audiences had to wait until next year to see what all the fuss is about. Fortunately – or maybe unfortunately, depending on how scary Hereditary really is – this summer is where it’s at.