It's almost inconceivable that a film as shrewdly-crafted as Hereditary could come from a first-time filmmaker like Ari Aster.
With a preternatural skill at handling tone, framing, performances and overall atmosphere, Aster delivers the sort of confident, full-bodied film you'd expect from an expert director with a few decades of work under their belt.
As brilliant as Aster is, though, this supernatural horror is Toni Collette's show, and she delivers an all-time performance for the genre, steeped in palpable human anguish from first scene to last.
It's the sort of performance that sadly won't get much awards love due to genre bias, even though it's a complete dramatic turn that's not in any way compromised by its horror "trappings."
It's hard to think of a more shocking, genuinely upsetting horror movie in quite some time. Hereditary is an uncompromising masterpiece and the best film of 2018.
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