January 30th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

A24 has launched the official trailer for “Hereditary” and it looks SO GOOD!!! Starring Toni Collette (in a ferocious performance), Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne, the story revolves around a woman who begins to uncover the terrifying secrets rooted in her family tree, following the passing of her mother. Here’s the official synopsis: 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. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell. “Hereditary” hits cinemas on June 8th.


  January 23rd, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

That’s the headline from one of the reviews after Toni’s upcoming horror film “Hereditary” had its world-premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this week. Sounds like a great leading role in an unusual horror film. Count me in. Here’s a collection of reviews. Edit: More reviews from the “big ones” have been added as well:

The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney (January 24, 2018)
Arguably the most effective domestic horror chiller since The Conjuring and The Babadook, this A24 release should hit discerning genre fans right where they live. Aster’s ability to modernize his obvious reverence for the expert mood modulation, visual command and layered characterizations that defined sophisticated horror of the 1960s and ’70s catapults the writer-director into the vanguard of contemporary horror auteurs. The film’s superb cast, led by an astonishingly good Toni Collette, represents another strong draw.

Variety, Owen Gleiberman (January 24, 2018)
Collette’s performance is staggering. She plays Annie as a woman who begins to wear her buried rage and guilt on the outside. It pours out of her, as if she were “possessed,” and indeed she is — but by what, or whom? The fear and violence that secretly dominate her express the spirits that came before her, incarnated by no one but herself.

Vulture, Kyle Buchanan (January 24, 2018)
Once Hereditary finally shows its cards, Aster goes full-throttle and serves up some memorably scary images and unnerving sound motifs that had the audience yelping. The back half is where Collette really pulls the stops out, and it’s a pleasure to watch her get such a full-fledged leading-actress showcase, even though the poor woman goes through hell.

Screen Daily, Tim Grierson (January 25, 2018)
Collette is asked to shoulder a great deal as the film’s main character. It’s typical for the lead in a horror movie to react to seismic shocks and deliver ear-splitting screams, but Aster has given her a role which is impressively nuanced. Hereditary paints a portrait of a woman who has lived her life feeling cursed — she’s fearful that, for some reason, she deserves the woes that have visited her family. Exactly why she holds onto this belief is part of the delicate character development that Hereditary finesses into a story that gets increasingly more tense. Collette wears Annie’s anguish movingly, the film’s horrors always connecting to the character’s sense of inadequacy as a mother and daughter.

Vanity Fair, Richard Lawson (January 25, 2018)
I don’t want to say anything else about what goes on in Hereditary, because it benefits from pure discovery. What I can say is that Collette is a force throughout, turning in a full-bodied performance that gloriously skirts the edges of camp before returning us to a place of primal humanity. It’s a big, rewarding bit of work, and a good reminder that Collette should be let loose and given room to do her thing more often.

IndieWire, Eric Kohn (January 23, 2018)
Before it becomes an ultra-creepy haunted house movie, “Hereditary” is an almost-unbearable study of the grieving process. A family copes with traumatizing loss, screaming, crying, and growing apart as the scariest aspect of their lives becomes the actual hardships of each passing day. At its center, Annie (a terrifically unhinged Toni Collette) copes with her mother’s death by throwing herself into building a series of intricate miniatures in her large, creaky home. Her distracted husband (Gabriel Byrne) mostly keeps to himself, while her teenage son Peter (Alex Wolff) sulks on the sidelines, and his spooky younger sister Charlie (Milly Shaprio, who won a Tony for “Matilda” on Broadway) lurks around saying little. Just when it seems like “Hereditary” is entering traditional creepy-kid territory with Charlie giving off serious “The Omen” vibes, the movie takes an abrupt, violent twist that further the complicates the family’s dark moment.

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  January 18th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

2018 starts off with great news, as the Sundance Film Festival will boast not only one but two of Toni’s upcoming films: The world-premieres of both “Hearts Beat Loud” and “Hereditary”. It hasn’t been that long since we’ve first heard about this project, so it’s nice to see it move along so fast. World premiere will be on January 21, here’s the officia synopsis:

The Graham family starts to unravel following the death of their reclusive grandmother. Even after she’s gone, the matriarch still casts a dark shadow over the family, especially her loner teenage granddaughter, Charlie, whom she always had an unusual fascination with. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, their peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their mother to explore a darker realm in order to escape the unfortunate fate they’ve inherited.

The feature-film debut of writer/director Ari Aster captivates the audience with a delicate and deliberate take on domestic turmoil, and it’s filled with haunting manifestations. Aster’s script ratchets up a feeling of delirious dread as the family members isolate themselves, only furthering their descent into madness. While consistently surprising in its twists and turns, this is a horror story firmly grounded within the desperate emotions of its compelling lead performances. Among a talented cast including Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and Ann Dowd, the real standout is the menacing performance from young Broadway actress Milly Shapiro.

  August 18th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies, Toni Collette has shared some details on the upcoming horror film “Hereditary”. There hasn’t been an official announcement on the production and it was only mentioned earlier in an interview by actress Ann Dowd, who’s in the film as well – and mentioning Collette being “terrific”. Sounds like we’ll have prepare covering our eyes for this 2018 release:

Recently, I filmed a movie that really was the hardest job of my life, this horror film called Hereditary with a writer-director called Ari Aster. Gabriel Byrne played my husband, and it’s an intense one. It surprised me every day. I think if I’d really contemplated it any more before I started, I might have just run the other way, because every day was just so much more full-on than I even anticipated. So I just had to take it one step at a time. But in a perverse way it was really satisfying, even though it was like twisting myself inside out.