The Movie: 7/10
I like it better now then when I watched it. Does that ever happen to you? You watch a movie and it’s fine, entertaining or stimulating or whatever, and you go on about your business. Later you think about it and realize, “oh that was cool” “that was creepy” “that looked good” or any number of other things that rise to the top of the memory bucket.
I’m not saying it’s great or anything, sorry to the people who made it. I really felt like they were trying to do something different and interesting, and they did, but then there are things that still nag at me. First the good stuff. I really like the twisty nature of the story as a whole. The thing is, you have to see it all and then think about it ALL and then it dawns on you what was going on. Well, that’s how it was for me anyway. I enjoyed that a lot, the weirdness and the bit of mystery. What I didn’t like were things like the overly theatrical “friend” our leading woman meets. I’m not a fan of Ann Dowd anyway, and this clinched it, she’s just too much like a stage performer for me. I also didn’t really understand the convoluted process that was taking place to achieve what needed to be achieved to get the result that needed to be achieved….without giving anything away:) Some things were done just for effect and not really in line with the story that was unfolding. That kind of cheapens it a bit which is a shame because it’s really a different little flick that is still growing on me.
If you want to have a horror fest with weirdness and creepiness, watch Hereditary, Patchwork, The Bad Batch, and Mother! It won’t be a standard collection, but you will see things you have not seen in movies before.
- Cursed: The True Nature Of Hereditary (20 Minutes) – An EPK style featurette that looks at the drama vs horror aspect of the film.
- Deleted Scenes (15 Minutes)
- Evil In Miniature Photo Gallery
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
Hereditary comes to 4K and Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate and a AVC encode with a 2.00:1 aspect ratio. One thing I instantly noticed was the style of the film and how color graded it is. Going for a 1970’s horror aesthetic Hereditary looks great on both formats. The image is crystal clear throughout and has superb depth of field. If I had one complaint it would be I saw a touch of banding during the car scene, nothing that an average viewer will notice though.
The DTS-HD Master 5.1 lossless track used here is very effective at delivering those creepy horror thrills. The score is also delivered with a level of precision only the lossless format can deliver. Dialog is very central and surround sound is used to staggering effect. The throat cutting scene in particular is enough to give anyone the chills.
Overall Score /10