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Hereditary Movie Ending Explained

8. Introductions And Endings

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For those that have seen the film then, this explanation might seem unnecessary, considering the film took the liberty of laying out its motivations in their entirety at the very end of its final act. Whereas most of the movie relies on creeping dread, a deliciously dark tone, and a cleverly layered build up of horrific themes, Paimon’s ascension into a male body is undeservedly layed out for the audience in a way that turns the trail of breadcrumbs into a hulking loaf of bread.

We’re told by the mysterious Joan that Annie’s son, Peter, is now host to Paimon, one of the eight kings of Hell, who was previously in a ‘first female body’ that had been rejected in favour of having a d*ck. Of course. In return for the cult followers helping the devil’s demon boy out, they ask for knowledge of all secret things, honor, wealth, and good familiars. But what exactly is their ritual, what are the components that make it up? Where does it come from? What clues were seeded throughout the movie that led us to this terrifying conclusion? Who the heck is Paimon?

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