You’re not ready?! I’m not, either. This new film of Gabriel’s is going to be a challenge for us, fellow Byrneholics, but read on and perhaps we can prepare ourselves for his first foray into real horror! Yikes! Be strong. He needs us. wink

Tons of new stuff is out now as Hereditary rushes towards our screens on June 8 in the US and June 15 in the UK, Ireland, and France.

In honor of Gabriel’s Birthday

Posted on Twitter by Metropolitan Films (France) for Gabriel’s big day:

New Screencaps/Promotional Stills

New Posters

Official poster #3

French Poster

New Promo, featuring Toni Collette

Production company A24 is supporting Ms. Collette superbly, as evidenced by this promo highlighting her work in the film. They are encouraging the Academy to consider her for an Oscar. While it might seem a bit early for this kind of promotion, I am super-excited now (as though I wasn’t before, right?!) because this tells me that her performance is going to be outstanding. Of course it is. She is a wonderful and highly esteemed actor with a ton of of great films in her resume. Still, an Oscar for a role in a genre film such as this would be a stunning achievement. So, Go Toni!

From Nerdist:

A24‘s Hereditary has an insane amount of buzz. The horror flick premiered at Sundance to shining reviews, currently boasts a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and has drawn comparisons to all-timer juggernauts like The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby. The first trailer was mesmerizing and horrific, showing off first-time director Ari Aster‘s unique visual style. Now, we have a new teaser focused on Toni Collette, whose performance as a grieving daughter and traumatized mother is already garnering Oscar talk.

Director Ari Aster at TIFF

Thanks to Angelle for the heads up on this very special event! heart

Mr. Aster is attending the Toronto International Film Festival:

Following rapturous receptions of his highly anticipated feature debut, Hereditary, at Sundance and SXSW, writer-director Ari Aster joins us for an onstage conversation and advance screening of the film. Hailed by critics and audiences as one of the best and most terrifying horror films of the decade, Hereditary follows artist and mother Annie Graham (Toni Collette) as she deals with the grief and fallout from her mother’s death, which triggers her own life to slowly spiral out of control.

Tickets can be purchased at the TIFF website.

From the TIFF website:

Ari Aster received his MFA in directing from the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. He has written and directed several short films, including The Strange Thing About the Johnsons (11), Munchausen (13), and Basically (14). His films have screened at the New York Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Slamdance, and many others. Hereditary (18) is his feature debut.

And now for some Tweets!

Reviews–Not!

Lots of reviews of the film are already available, but I am not sharing them here yet. Most of the promotional materials you have seen so far are not too spoilery and the trailers and posters have been recycling those images in order to keep from divulging too much of the story. And that’s a good thing!

However, here is one brief review I do want to share with you. Matt is a programmer for several different US film festivals, including Tribeca, and he has this to say about Hereditary:

and

Well, if we weren’t terrified before, we are now…

Happy Belated Mother’s Day!

I know some of us have tough relationships with our moms, but gee whiz! wink

Featurette: Meet Director Ari Aster (briefly)

From the featurette

Mr. Aster’s Next Film

Somehow, I don’t think Gabriel Byrne will be appearing in Mr. Aster’s next film. It’s just a hunch I have… wink But I’m sure he had a lovely time working with him on Hereditary.

Now, are you ready? No? Me either. We will get there though–together! Stay tuned for more non-spoilery info as it becomes available!

Here’s the romantic antidote to all the scariness in this posting. Enjoy! heart

6 Comments

  1. Verónica

    Dear Stella,
    I think, honestly, I will pass this movie. Not because it’s a horror movie, but because what I’ve seen so far damages my stomach.
    I am a lover of animals and what happens to them hurts me. From the first trailer, when the girl cuts the head of the pigeon, I said to myself, I’m sorry for Gabriel, but I can not stand those things.
    In spite of everything, I wish him luck, as always.

    • Well, Verónica, the pigeon was already dead when Charlie decided to decapitate it (I think this is true; that’s what it looks like in the trailer), but yes. I understand. This film will not be for everyone. I rarely watch horror films (except for the old classics) myself.

      However, I AM going to watch this one. Ari Aster seems to have accomplished something very important and possibly new and I love Toni Collette. So, with Gabriel attached to this film, I will take the plunge into the icy waters of scary and give it my best try. I hope some of you will join me! ;-)

  2. Verónica

    I’m sorry I disappointed you, but it’s too strong for me. Surely many people will see it. There are many fans who like this kind of movies. Then forget me in this case. You will not be alone :-)

  3. I will go. It will open on June 8 in selected cities in Canada, so fingers crossed. And I don’t think any of my friends or family will go with me, so I may end up grabbing the hand of the stranger sitting next to me if I get really scared.
    Veronica – they use props in films – so no animals are really harmed. I’m not a horror fan, but can’t pass up Toni and Gabriel in a film together. Will report back when I recover.

    Angelle from Canada

  4. Verónica

    Hi, Angelle,
    Thank you for trying to convince me that animals are not alive, but for me it is the same. I am very sensitive when there is something about them. I can not help that.
    Try to find an interesting stranger to hold his hand hahaha.
    Regards :-)

  5. DORA BARALIA

    DEAR STELLA, REALLY THIS FILM LOOKS SO HARD. I UNDERSTAND VERONICA’S POSITION ABOUT THE ANIMALS, I AM VERY SENSIBLE TOO, BUT I NEVER COULD NOT SEE THIS FILM, BECAUSE GABRIEL IS MY PREFERENTIAL ACTOR. PERHAPS, I SHALL DO LIKE ANGELLE, WILL TAKE THE HAND OF SOMEONE NEAR ME … WOW, THE BEST WITH THIS FILM FOR ALL OF THEM … EVERY SUCCESS …

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