“I recognise you from your mother,” Joan (Ann Dowd)
HEREDITARY is a horror film with the elegance of THE SIXTH SENSE (1999) and the meditatively paced menace of THE WITCH (2015). (Any coincidence that Toni Collette is the star of the former and this?) The opening shot is dazzling. So much of HEREDITARY is expertly crafted, and could have been in the same stylish league as THE CONJURING (2013), but the ending is fumbled. Like THE WITCH, this movie would have benefitted from more ambiguity. Is what we are watching in the protagonists’ heads? And if so, all the leads or just some/one? Those are the questions being asked through much of the runtime. Having a conclusive answer, and a big climax (relative to the rest of the measured majority), actually feels anticlimactic.
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