Hered­i­tary

OUT 8 oc­to­ber / cert 15 / 127 mins

Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW - he­len o’hara

The hor­ri­fy­ing thing about Ari Aster’s de­but fea­ture is not the tinge of su­per­nat­u­ral weird­ness that haunts the Gra­ham fam­ily. It’s not even the creepy doll­house that re­pro­duces the fam­ily home. What will re­ally chill your bones is the pos­si­bil­ity that ev­ery plot de­vel­op­ment here has an en­tirely ra­tio­nal ex­pla­na­tion, that this fam­ily is merely be­ing torn apart by grief, men­tal break­down and ap­palling, aw­ful luck. From the open­ing scenes, in which Toni col­lette’s An­nie eu­lo­gises her re­cently de­ceased mother in such scathing terms that you have to won­der which of them is the real mon­ster, this film cre­ates a sense of gather­ing un­ease that gets nas­tily un­der your skin. Some view­ers crit­i­cised the op­er­atic fi­nale for stray­ing too far from that creepy build-up, but hon­estly, it’s al­most a re­lief that some­thing fi­nally breaks the ten­sion, how­ever grotesque the re­sults. This is one of those hor­rors that will take some get­ting over.

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