A family dealing with grief unravels shocking secrets about their history in Hereditary. Annie Graham (Toni Collette) is an artist living with her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) and children Peter (Alex Wolff) and Charlie (Milly Shapiro). Following the death of her estranged mother, Annie becomes overwhelmed by grief, which is worsened by further family tragedy. After befriending a woman named Joan (Ann Dowd), Annie is encouraged to perform a seance to contact her lost loved ones. However, in doing so, Annie unlocks a secret that has been hidden within her family.
Hereditary is the debut feature film from writer/director Ari Aster, who combines a story about a family dealing with grief with supernatural horror elements. Hereditary is a film that is best seen knowing very little about the plot, especially since the film has a very shocking inciting incident that truly got under my skin. For at least that one moment, Hereditary is the type of horror film that is less about quick jump scares and more about making you feel unconformable in your seat. Of course, Hereditary has plenty of jump scares as well, which are assisted by an excellent sound mix that requires the film to be seen theatrically to get the best experience.