Movie Title: Hereditary
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 2 hr. 7 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie, Keegan, Mike, and Lisa
Where did I watch it?: Providence Place Cinemas 16 – Providence, RI
Hereditary starts with a death. Annie’s (Toni Collette) mother is dead. Annie and her mother were never close. She suffered from dissociative identity disorder among many other psychological disorders. Her father and brother also suffered from severe mental illness and she appears to be slipping. One family tragedy is followed shortly thereafter by another that sends everyone reeling. Everyone’s sanity is tested.
All the members of the family save Steve (Gabriel Byrne) exhibits signs of mental illness. Annie sees apparitions in the house. After attending grief counseling on the sly, she consults a medium who convinces her she can get in touch with the dead. Charlie (Milly Shapiro) cuts the head off of pigeons at school and also see’s apparitions. Peter’s (Alex Wolff) world gets turned upside as he experiences incredible delusions. Are they experiencing something truly paranormal or are they suffering from a family history of mental health disorders? It is not immediately clear.
The performances are on point and the visuals of the movie are really fascinating. It is beautifully shot. Annie is a professional artist that works in miniature. She recreates scenes from her life, but these scenes also help to drive the plot and help the viewer question the reality of what they are seeing. The gruesomeness and the severity of the delusions increases until it becomes apparent that it might all be real.
A24 films keep knocking them out of the park especially with Hereditary which reminded me in many ways of The Witch. The slow build works. There are startling moments and the conclusion is stark. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Wrong Turn (2003)
Movie Title: Wrong Turn
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. 24 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie and Kyle
Where did I watch it?: Home
Wrong Turn is an incredibly simple movie that rips off The Hills Have Eyes and is not particularly effective in doing so. After getting frustrated with a traffic jam Chris (Desmond Harrington) takes back road and promptly rear ends a land rover. As it turns out, it was a trap set by inbred cannibals. Then a whole bunch of really annoying teenagers get stalked by cannibal hillbillies in the hills of West Virginia as they take refuge in a watch tower. Eliza Dushku stars as one of the movie’s main protagonists, but she doesn’t do very much to help the movie be palatable. I was rooting for everyone to die after about 20 minutes. The hillbillies are so deformed that they could not possibly have been viable and there is no way they could have taken down healthy 20 somethings even with their innate hill people knowledge. It is beyond belief and not particularly interesting in any way.
Who lives? Who dies? Who cares? Skip it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Action Point (2018)