Here I am, lying on my couch, learning about carboxylic acids and preparing for my MCAT test. When it gets late at night and I need to stay awake to study, I tend to turn the TV on and have some noise in the background when everyone has gone to sleep.

Then I saw this face:

Something about her face looked familiar so I let this stay on. I read the title, Hereditary, so I thought it was about a girl who had some genetic facial deformity, which obviously was hereditary. Although the piece of bird looked suspicious.

The movie went on. Then a scene happened that made me look “Ok something intense is happening” A few seconds later, my eyes were popping out of my head. Then a couple of minutes later, my eyes fell out of my face.

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Note: No spoilers intended

Thats what Hereditary is and much more.

And me being a person who hates horror movies because they are so predictable and so not scary at all which is really boring. The only one I liked, but wasn’t really scared of was The Exorcist in 1990s about a possessed girl. The next was Mama where I actually could see every detail of Mama without alot of jump scares, but I wasn’t scared in it either. I don’t know. Maybe I just enjoy watching creepy things.

Nothing matched up to them. And I watched IT (2017), wondering what Stephen King wrote about. And there wasn’t even a moment when I was scared because I hated the children so much because they were acting WAY above their age and the tone and language they were using was so disgusting it was unbelievable and unbearable. And they were really dumb.

But Hereditary will always stay in my mind and heart as the best horror movie I have ever seen. Ari Aster did a fantastic job in making it. I agreed with his belief of what horror films are meant to be: confident and authentically scary. I won’t tell much about the movie but it doesn’t believe in jump scares, which I hate. It was based on moments that were stretched for God knows how long and kept my heart racing for God knows how long. There were so many moments like this and it felt so realistic it was amazing.

So I studied while actually watching the movie intently. Everyone in the movie, the whole family did fantastic acting, especially Toni Colette. I haven’t seen alot of her movies except The Sixth Sense, Triple X- Return Of Xander Cage and Please Stand By. Only after this movie, I was like “This is a phenomenal actress” I became afraid of the dark after watching the movie because I was afraid she would be standing in the corner about to jump at me because her expressions were so raw, emotional and confident. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to pray Fajr numaaz which is around 4:15am because I was afraid. But Alhamdulillah i reminded myself that it was just a movie, and a brilliant one. There was no ‘that thing’ to be afraid of. There was Toni, Milly Shapiro and….well the dark, and so much more.

I didn’t know about Milly but when I saw her interview with Alex Wolff, I was like “Woah, she looks so young for her intellect” and she looked so cute as compared to the movie. And I saw Alex Wolff in the latest Jumanji. I didn’t think he’d be that great but he stole the movie, honestly. Unbelievable.

I also saw the director’s interview. I liked how he said, and the actors said, how the script was so meticulously planned and structured with so much detail to ensure people would get the fright of their lives. He also focused on family dynamics, based on his own family dynamics which I really liked and loved how it was portrayed in the movie.

I would give this movie a 9.5/10. The 0.5 less is due to the fact that I didn’t scream. Only my eye balls fell out, i kept putting my hand on my mouth, looking away from the TV a bit when something closely creepy was happening and made “Ufff….” And i was afraid of the dark for 2-3 days. But if I scream loudly in a scary movie, that will mean it’s a full on 10.

So there’s my rating, from a hater of horror movies. Do watch it and I bet you’ll be afraid of the dark as I was.

Good luck 😋

Any other opinions related to this movie? Write it in the comments 😊

By Andale Seaworne

21. Pakistani. Muslim. People call me tubelight. Life is a roller coaster life but if you focus on the ups in life and have faith, life will be beautiful
Thoughts about things happening in everyday life stored in bubbles, waiting for the right time to burst out 😊
Loves McFlurry, Cheese and every food except green chilli, yoghurt, wasabi and humus 😎
Loves books and learning new things
Basketball girl 🏀
Helping out those in need
Holding no expectations, making no comparisons. We are all people of many colours. Accept us for who we are without labels

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