Special introduction by Professor Jonathan Knipp, Media & Cinema Studies, UIUC — Friday ONLY!
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. (2018, Ari Aster, U.S., English, 127 min, R, DCP)
“A deeply unsettling film, the kind of horror movie that pulls from relatable human emotions like grief and resentment to ultimately become an absolute nightmare.” — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
“Toni Collette’s work as a mother who’s jolted between grief, anxiety and rage…is one for the ages, belonging in the same breath as Linda Blair in The Exorcist and Sissy Spacek in Carrie.” — Andrew Lapin, NPR
“Aster has spent a lot of time studying “The Shining,” “The Exorcist,” and “Rosemary’s Baby.” It’s nice to have a classicist back in town.” — Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“Unsettling in its arid, controlled creepiness, but largely distinguished by Toni Collette’s intricately layered lead performance, a portrayal of a woman whose love for her family spirals into mad decay.” — Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
“[HEREDITARY is] a movie so horrifying and good that you have to see it, even if you shouldn’t want to, even if you might never sleep peacefully again.” — Jake Coyle, Associated Press