This week David, Helen & Anthony discuss the hugely popular directorial debut of Ari Aster, Hereditary! It is known as a key pillar of the modern horror genre, but does it still hold up upon rewatch? Is it still one of the greatest debuts from a new filmmaker?
Synopsis for Hereditary
When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.
Anthony: The first time I watched this movie was upon release. I saw it theatrically and it was, at the time, a fantastic experience. I remember very vividly moments in this film that shocked me and moved me in significant ways. I remember specifically feeling towards the end of the movie the vibe of the entire auditorium, that this was very disgusting and gross, and I remember I turned to the person I was watching the movie with at the time, and I was like ‘Wow, that was very beautiful.” And the entire theater heard me and it was like one of the highest moments of embarrassment I’ve ever felt because this is Alabama, and this is a film with dark, we’ll say Satanic, undertones. So, yeah, it was very uncomfortable. But I’m very happy Helen is here for this podcast because I finally have an answer unfortunately to her question from her introduction episode which was, “Have you ever loved the movie and then hated it?” And it breaks my heart to say this second watch was very, very tough to get through, and my passion for this film has completely fallen, and I don’t know . . . I wanted to to discuss it with you, David, and then hear Helen’s takes on it, as well…