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Hereditary
« on: February 11, 2019, 02:21:03 PM »
I watched Hereditary last night, and oh boy was I not expecting that. I saw the trailers for this movie last year. They seemed to bill it as a traditional teen horror movie. Having watched it now, I don't know how you could successfully market this movie. Duping teens into going into what they think will be a jump-scare-laden slasher flick is probably they best way to get a return on your investment. But it is not that. And the hilarious 1-star Amazon reviews given credence to my thought that this movie was not a all what most viewers were expecting. And most did not know how to take or deal with it.

This movie is pure pain. They suspense is very intense. The family discord is physically unsettling. The violence is quick and unforgiving. It hurt to watch this.

It is a very well made film. The cinematography is beautiful. The symbology and psychological aspects are rich, with a lot of depth, encouraging thought and analysis long after it's over. It reminds me of the other A24 release, The Witch, which I also felt was a very well made, almost art-film style of horror. I like this type of horror movie.

Give it a go and tell me what you think.

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Re: Hereditary
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 02:37:36 PM »
hereditary is a fun word to say but I don't think I've ever seen it written down, before

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Re: Hereditary
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 03:56:33 PM »
hereditary is a fun word to say but I don't think I've ever seen it written down, before
I hear it's also a movie! Movies are also fun.

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Re: Hereditary
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2019, 02:51:34 AM »
saw it in the theater
the scene after the... well, that scene. you know the one.
I kept expecting it to cut away, and then I was begging for it to cut away, and then I gave up on it ever cutting away. excruciating. I can't think of a single other filmmaker who wouldn't just cut for god's sake! the important stuff has happened! we feel bad enough, you brute!

I ended up really liking the movie, but that scene has grown to gargantuan proportions in my memory. not to say it wasn't bold and effective, and really a small (if significant) part of a larger film with a lot more going on– I'm really fascinated by, among other things, the compositing of the live shots with the miniatures, both thematically and in terms of how it was accomplished– but idk if I could sit through it again. I could easily see myself seriously contemplating a rewatch, thinking about that scene, and deciding to just watch The VVitch again instead. The VVitch has a similar lingering and oppressive sense of dread, but it never made me sick to my stomach. that scene, FUCK.

and for those who haven't seen it, it's... well, it's not a gore thing, put it that way.
it's more like all the most horribly awkward moments from The Office rolled up into a single stiff punch to the liver.

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Re: Hereditary
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2019, 12:49:41 PM »
Does it have any jump scares though? I hate jump scares... If it's good ol' building up of tension to whatever that scene is, I'm game.

I also though I might do a joke along the lines of:
"Haemophilia?"
"Hereditary, my dear Watson."
But I decided against it.

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Re: Hereditary
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2019, 02:22:39 PM »
I only saw it once so I can't swear to it, but no, I don't think there were any jumpscares. there were times when shit gets a little wild but it always felt earned

e: full disclosure, while I get why jumpscares annoy people, they don't usually take me out a movie and I'm liable to not really notice them unless it's the only trick the movie has. in the IT remake, for instance, I didn't notice the preponderance of jump scares until somebody pointed it out. and I'm a total mark for james wan, which some people might count as jump scare-y, idk
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Re: Hereditary
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2019, 05:58:45 PM »
saw it in the theater
the scene after the... well, that scene. you know the one.
I kept expecting it to cut away, and then I was begging for it to cut away, and then I gave up on it ever cutting away. excruciating. I can't think of a single other filmmaker who wouldn't just cut for god's sake! the important stuff has happened! we feel bad enough, you brute!

I ended up really liking the movie, but that scene has grown to gargantuan proportions in my memory. not to say it wasn't bold and effective, and really a small (if significant) part of a larger film with a lot more going on– I'm really fascinated by, among other things, the compositing of the live shots with the miniatures, both thematically and in terms of how it was accomplished– but idk if I could sit through it again. I could easily see myself seriously contemplating a rewatch, thinking about that scene, and deciding to just watch The VVitch again instead. The VVitch has a similar lingering and oppressive sense of dread, but it never made me sick to my stomach. that scene, FUCK.

and for those who haven't seen it, it's... well, it's not a gore thing, put it that way.
it's more like all the most horribly awkward moments from The Office rolled up into a single stiff punch to the liver.
Agree. I don't know if I could (would want to) watch it again, but it was a really well-made movie that had me thinking about it long after it was done.

The parts that are so excruciating aren't the horror/supernatural bits, but the unforgivingly tragic bits. I think that's mostly because you can see yourself "there." Ain't no one levitating at you in real life. But... that scene. Yeah, something with similar consequences has happened to real-life people, and that is just... devastating. His reaction, subsequent actions, and her screams of anguish were stuff of realistic nightmares.

Does it have any jump scares though? I hate jump scares... If it's good ol' building up of tension to whatever that scene is, I'm game.

I also though I might do a joke along the lines of:
"Haemophilia?"
"Hereditary, my dear Watson."
But I decided against it.
It's not a jump scare movie really. The scary stuff is usually on screen but hidden (and it doesn't jump out but you eventually notice it's there) or slightly off screen but you know it's there.

Not "haha, that got me but this is silly and fun" but "oh boy this is non-stop cruel in a way that causes me psychological pain"
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