A still from the 'horror' film, Hereditary Image: IMDB
When Ari Aster's debut venture Hereditary's screening invite came to me, I low-key convinced my editor to let me go and watch it. It stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd and Gabriel Byrne. The film received extremely positive reviews online and got the critics' nod, too. People on social media just couldn't stop talking about it. So, the convincing part was easy-peasy.
I went for it, open to the idea that it's going to be a scare-fest. Given that I was going alone and watching it with strangers, I took my cute**s printed stole to give me warmth and company. Obviously, I couldn't have held a stranger's hand and dug my nails into 'em. Duh!
But guess what, the stole was helpful in only keeping me warm during the entire length of the movie, as I found the “horror film” to be very meh. It was a bore-fest. I didn't even scream or clench my fists. The only words (totally legit) I uttered were, 'Stupid', 'That's idiotic' and 'What the...'. I have seen quite a few horror movies and have had sleepless nights after watching them. But this one, umm, I think it was only a couple of moments that I found unsettling. The plot as a whole has been done to death. And the end... Let me not even go there.
Uh, no, no, no! GIF: Giphy
In my humble opinion, Annabelle: Creation was far scarier than this tale about the Graham family and a secret cult that gets souls from the other world into the one we live in. And A Quiet Place was 20 times more thrilling and horrifying.
Annabelle: Creation GIF: Giphy
Tongue clicks were scary, but then they got boring by the end of it. Some meant-to-be-horror scenes were dangerously close to laughter-inducing. Especially, the ones in the second half. One problem I've always had with scare fests is that why the hell don't people switch on the lights? Like, they didn't even show there was a power-cut, plus there's always power backup. At least, reach for the lights. You may have night vision, but not everyone in the audience has it, right?
Plus, Toni we expected better from you. Seriously! And this whole business of contacting souls and opening doors, becoming mediums to some other world is something I just don't get. Haven't you seen enough movies to know how bad an idea it is to even think about it? Good people get killed because of someone's stupidity. And also their poor pet dog. Like, seriously.
Some people were bored, while others were scared by the film. Umm, okay! I am worried about them, thinking about what will happen to them if they sit with me on a horror binge?
After watching the film, I have a genuine query: Who are these people who are getting SO scared after watching Hereditary? Social media is filled with such tweets and I am sitting here, doubting myself for not being scared enough.
But then, I did find my kinda people.
See, it might be a well-made movie, with good cinematic vision, but with a story as bizarre as that, we are not sure. It could have been so much better.
But my opinion is my opinion, none of your opinion. You are free to give your opinion in the comments section below.