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Posted: May 29th, 2018, 9:32am Report to Moderator
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Horror fans rejoice! I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening of this one at TIFF. Iíve had my eye on this movie ever since its festival run got the hype train in motion. I can safely say that this is a horror movie thatís going to make waves. Itís been a long time since Iíve seen a horror movie that was this unnerving.

If youíve seen any of Ari Asterís short films, youíll have any idea of what youíre getting yourself into, but if not, brace yourself. This is one hell of a feature debut. This movie isnít all that groundbreaking story-wise, and thereís a lot thatís been lovingly lifted from past classics of the genre. However, Aster is a master at atmosphere from the opening scene to the last and this film has some of the most haunting imagery Iíve ever seen.

I donít want to say anything away regarding the story, but this is a great slow burn that dives into a complete nightmare by the final act. The film is also anchored by some seriously impressive performances all around, particularly the wildly underrated Toni Collette who gives it her absolute all. Iím really excited for this one to come out and I highly recommend those with a penchant for spooky check this one out!


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I look forward to this one. Looks like a slow-burn, that's for sure, but like you said with some haunting imagery. Glad to hear that you thought it was worth the watch, I still can't tell if I'm gonna enjoy it based on the trailers (which I hope don't give too much away).


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I can't wait for this. Iíve prebooked my tickets for its release next week. I'm expecting good things.


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Did you see this:

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/movie-theater-hereditary-trailer-peter-rabbit-1202788535/

Probably scarred some kids for life. Funny, but not funny.

Pre-booked your tickets, Warren? Now that's keen.
Looks pretty scary.


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Quoted from LC
Did you see this:

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/movie-theater-hereditary-trailer-peter-rabbit-1202788535/

Probably scarred some kids for life. Funny, but not funny.

Pre-booked your tickets, Warren? Now that's keen.
Looks pretty scary.


Yeah heard all about it, pretty funny.

I get so excited every time one of these super hyped up horrors come out, like It Follows, Raw and The Babadook, problem is that they mostly tend to be let downs. I have a really good feeling about this one though.

While the early booking was mostly due to excitement, it was also because Event Cinema had cheap tickets


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I get so excited every time one of these super hyped up horrors come out, like It Follows, Raw and The Babadook, problem is that they mostly tend to be let downs.


Yeah, those 3 movies all sucked pretty much, probably due to me going in expecting way too much.



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Hmm, I was intrigued by Warren's mention of Raw. Watched the trailer...

Looks a bit 'body horror', not sure I'm up for that.


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I thought I was going to start a thread about this one lol....been looking forward to it for ever...even the reviews are unnerving... and I love Toni Collete.


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I watched this on Friday night and have given it a few days to settle in.

I'm still not completely sure how I feel about it. It looks and sounds amazing. It's visually stunning with some really haunting scenes. Well acted for the most part.

There really is a lot to like. It's a huge decent into madness.

But if I'm being completely honest, I didn't love it and I really wanted to.

While there are some really horrific scenes I felt myself asking how they fit into the bigger picture. I've read a few explanations after the fact and while I understand the film as a whole I still don't know why a lot of things happened.

I also wasn't a massive fan of the ending, as in the very last scene.

So, would I recommend it? Hell yes! It's still great and the few issues I had with it are easy to overlook.

It's a slow burn horror that is pulling the genre in a better direction than I feel it's been going for a long while.

I think we can expect some big things from Ari Aster in the future.


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I'm with you on everything you mentioned Warren.

My wife and I are still pretty haunted by it lol... it gets under your skin so perfectly even with its imperfections.... I've listened to alot of reviews and breakdowns along with interviews with Ari and the cast and definitely want to see it again. So much was missed due to the sheer horror of it.

I think watching it again will be a whole other experience now knowing what its really about...


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Just saw the matinee today and loved much of it. The camera and sound were spot on. The tongue clicking creeped me right the F out. Toni Collette was amazing as well. Surprised at home much a backseat Gabriel Byrne took in this.

Definitely some original shock factor in this that, like Warren, made you wonder 'why' but it all comes around nicely at the end. A second viewing will be interesting knowing what I know now.

Didn't know before seeing it that it was filmed in my old stomping grounds of Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah. It really brought it home.

Two thumbs up!
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This is what I remember horror movies being like. It felt like I was watching Rosemary's Baby or something classic like that. It built complex characters with complex interpersonal dynamics and still felt gripping and relentless. Every moment of every scene was filled with a sense of dread.

I'd forgotten that feeling. Actual dread instead of just fear of being jump scared. First A Quiet Place and now this... are horror movies going to not suck now?


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Overall, it was excellent.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

I found myself laughing at a few points, and most of the cinema joined me, so it did cross the "uncanny valley" line at times.

I was somewhat surprised that the director stated outright that is a completely literal film. For me it was a better piece being ambiguous.. Were the family just suffering from a hereditary mental illness whilst also being preyed upon.

From that level they're were all  sorts of interesting interpretations. From a literal point of view, it's much less interesting and layered.

Personally I would have liked it if we didn't see the spirit enter the lad at the end. That would have left all possible interpretations open.. From that level the family members could all have been experiencing a psychotic episode preceded by that strange blue light.

As it was it reduces it to a standard Rosemary's Baby clone, albeit extremely well made.
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