Hail Paimon! The scariest film of the past 20 years is coming to Netflix next month, but don’t watch Hereditary alone.
Ari Aster’s 2018 ultra-nightmare was a critical smash-hit, going on to gross a handsome $80.2 million at the box office. If you missed it in cinemas, you’ll soon be able to watch it from the comfort of your sofa (behind it, that is).
This isn’t your standard slasher fare or jump-scare bonanza: it’s a pure supernatural chiller. This is the real deal, folks.
The film follows the Graham family following the death of its secretive matriarch. As her daughter Annie (Toni Collette) works her way through the grief, strange events start rippling through the household with devastating results.
That’s a purposely stripped-back summary. Do your best to avoid any and all spoilers prior to watching for the first time – for effective results, go in completely oblivious to the story (other than what I just told you, of course).
The reviews speak for themselves. Empire Magazine’s Dan Jolin described it as ‘a raw horror masterpiece from a first-time director that deserves to be mentioned in the same frantic breath as the genre’s greats’, while Little White Lies’ Hannah Woodhead wrote: ‘This is serious, glorious, edge-of-your-seat horror.’
Aster had a mighty strange portfolio of short films before making his feature film debut – including The Strange Thing About the Johnsons, which is about to become the weirdest thing you’ve seen this week.
You can watch the entirety of The Strange Thing About the Johnsons below (it’s less than 30 minutes):
The 33-year-old followed up Hereditary with Midsommar, a summer pagan horror that also stirred up critics and viewers alike and is available to stream on Amazon Prime right now.
Hereditary will drop on UK Netflix on June 15.
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