Hereditary might be the scariest horror film in years

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Hailed by critics as the scariest horror film in some time, ominous chiller Hereditary lands in UK cinemas next week.

Starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and The Handmaid's Tale's Ann Dowd, it revolves around a family who experience increasingly terrifying and inexplicable events following the death of their grandmother.

Photo: A24

Photo: A24

The movie currently has a 93% critics' rating on Rotten Tomatoes, being variously described as "spine-tingling", "unsettling" and "a chilling exploration of mourning and madness". Not to mention a "modern-day Exorcist".

Viewer reactions in the US, where Hereditary has just been released, seem to back up the critical consensus.

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With the trailer hinting at an intense, surreal and nightmarish mood, as well as weighty themes of the burdens we inherit from our parents and grandparents, Hereditary seems to be a fine new addition to a recent wave of horror movies focusing on families in crisis.

Essentially, you can expect a dark domestic drama that spirals into supernatural terror.

Collette's performance as an increasingly traumatised mother has been described as "one for the ages", bringing to mind Essie Davis's startling work in The Babadook or - indeed - Ellen Burstyn in The Exorcist.

There has also been praise for Colin Stetson's unnerving score, and the restrained slow-burning tension worked by first-time writer/director Ari Aster.

Distributor A24 have a formidable record for bringing breakout indie horror to the masses.

In recent years unsettling sci-fi shocker Under The Skin, bleak survival drama It Comes At Night and atmospheric period piece The Witch have all spooked audiences under its banner. The latter also coming from a first-time writer/director.

With word-of-mouth growing, it appears Hereditary could be the surprise cinema hit of the summer.

Hereditary is in UK cinemas from next Thursday, June 14.

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