It was described as “the singularly most terrifying horror movie in years” and “a new generation of The Exorcist”.
Horror movies, Hereditary has become one of the most anticipated movies after scare and impress the critics in equal measure.
Actress Toni Collette is coming in for particular praise to a woman whose family has demons in his DNA.
The hustle and bustle has said that it is “truly different from anything you’ve seen before”, while The AV Club called “pure emotional terrorism”.
The film was released in the US on 8 June and in the UNITED kingdom, a week later.
In his five-star review for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw wrote: “the Hereditary tripled my heart rate, spine-massaged my scalp, cured my hiccups – and virtually terrified me.”
Collette “operatic, hypnotic closes the accounts every second of her on screen,” he said.
Reference for next year’s film awards season, he added: “Surely this magnificent actor will receive a bit of silverware in February.”
The film, based in New York city for the first time writer-director Ari Aster has also received the applause.
Writing in Vox, Alissa, Wilkinson said: “The first time I saw it Hereditary I yelped a lot, and almost crawled under my seat once or twice.
“What you feel from the start is a real sense of horror, a sort of cross between dismay and disgust, that starts almost indefinable, and build a (literally) growing at the end.”
The Independent Clarisse Loughrey wrote: “The fact Hereditary is (rightly) talked about how one of the most singularly terrifying, singularly creepy horror film in years, speaks to his unique sense of humor.
“The secrecy, the guilt, anguish: Hereditary breeds its own ghosts. Those who like to hang around, to boot. Weeks later, you can get in a dark room, and that chilled feeling come rushing back: are only really now?”.
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