With its launch at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, HEREDITARY lit up the web with reports that it might just be the scariest film of 2018. Time Out say it “takes it place as a new generation’s The Exorcist”.
Today, a new poster and trailer lands, along with a UK release date of 15th June.
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.
HEREDITARY Official Synopsis
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter Annie (Toni Colette) and her husband (Gabriel Byrne) and their two children begin 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.
A new voice in horror is always exciting and while Aster may not yet be a familiar name, the AFI graduate’s short film The Strange Thing About the Johnsons (2011) went viral when top YouTube vloggers filmed their reactions to it. Aster followed this with Munchausen, starring Bonnie Bedelia, in 2013. Like HEREDITARY, both focus on dark familial relationships, twisted with hidden secrets.
In an interview with Daily Dead at SXSW, Aster describes HEREDITARY as a “family tragedy that curdles into a nightmare.”
He says: “…for me, it was very important to attend to the family drama first, and to make sure that all of the horror elements were stemming from that, as opposed to the characters serving as devices for the horror.”
Check out the latest trailer:
HEREDITARY is in cinemas across UK & Ireland from 15th June, 2018