Well hello there friends! It has been too long!
It has, I apologise for my absence. Work has started again (I’m a teacher) and as you know the first few weeks are always a hassle.
But I did have a great Summer holiday, so now I am back!
So let’s not dawdle and begin with one of the many horror movies I’ve seen during the Summer. Perhaps you’ve seen it and hopefully you will agree with me that this one is worth to be called a good horror film.
I am talking about… HEREDITARY
Summary (no spoilers here)
The story revolves around the family Graham. Annie, Steve and their son Peter and daughter Charlie.
Annie makes a living as a miniature artist (which I thought was pretty awesome). The movie starts with her mother dying and her funeral. Annie makes a speech about her relationship with her mother which was simply non excistent, though she lived in her daughter’s house before her death. They had spent many years before that not talking and having basically no relationship at all.
A few days later after the funeral, Steve gets a call about his mother-in-law’s grave having been desecrated. He decides not to tell Annie.
Meanwhile the only person who seems a bit hurt about grandma’s death is Charlie. But Charlie seems more worried about death itself than her grandmother.
Soon things start to happen in the house. Annie starts to see her mother in her workshop and when another accident befalls the family, slowly everyone seems to be losing their marbles.
Extended summary (with spoilers!!!)
Charlie is a bit of an odd child at first glance. She clacks her tongue (like a tick), stares a lot, but she loves to draw (which she does during the funeral), is allergic to peanuts and sleeps sometimes in her treehouse. Okay perhaps it doesn’t seem that odd.
After the funeral she starts seeing a light every now and then in her room. She cuts the head of a pidgeon with a pair of scissors after it died from flying against the school window. She takes the head back home.
Annie starts to see things too. Images in her workroom but she brushes it off.
Peter (the son) doesn’t seem that fazed by it all and he just lives his life smoking weed with friends and having fun.
The movie takes a twist. I mean a real twist!Peter goes to a party and he has to take Charlie with him. He tell her to have fun, mingle (she is only 13, he is 16) and even have some cake.
Bad idea as Charlie has a peanut allergy. She gets a allergic reaction to the cake and Peter has to rush her off to the hospital. Driving through a bad lit country section, Charlie gets worse and she sticks her head out of the window to try and breath. Peter accidentally swerves to the right and BANG!
She hits a wooden lampost full frontal, cutting her head clean off (I decided to not include a picture of it as it is too gruesome).
Peter gets into a shock, but manages to get home and crawl into bed. The next morning he wakes up to his mother’s screams as she finds her headless daughter’s body in her car.
After this more weird stuff happens. From talking to ghost, to people catching on fire, bugs crawling on your face, wall walking and posession.
In the end only one person survives and it might not be who you suspect at first.
The more I thought about the movie once it had ended, the more I started to understand the plot and why it ended the way it did. Because it is a tricky ending to grasp, but once you get it you can go “oh yeah, cool” or “why…?”
What I loved about this film, something they did really well was the emotional suspense near the end.
Usually in horror movies when someone is possessed they appear out of nowhere, even though you expect them to already be in the room. You might think you see a shadow but it’s nothing in the end.
In this movie that person is literally in the room and you can see them there! Lurking over a door, standing in a corner. Hanging on a wall. The shadow is there but they move. It was done so well! Something I’ve been wanting to see in a horrir film for a long time.
To conclude, this movie is a must see in my opinion. Not to buy, but at least see it once. It carries the ghost horror element really well.
I rate this film an 8 out of 10.