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:
— Metropolitan Films (@Metropolitan_Fr) May 12, 2018
New Screencaps/Promotional Stills
Official poster #3
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!
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.
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!
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:
The hype is real: HEREDITARY is remarkable in multiple ways, chief of which is how it manages to sustain one of the most oppressively bleak and emotionally punishing vibes I’ve maybe ever seen for two full hours. No filler at all.
It’s basically a two-hour assault of A+ dread.
— Matt Barone (@MBarone) May 9, 2018
I hate indulging in hyperbole about a movie that most people haven’t even seen yet, but f’ it, I can’t resist: There’s one specific moment in HEREDITARY that made my jaw drop a bit and feels like it’ll go down as one of the great iconic horror images.
— Matt Barone (@MBarone) May 9, 2018
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
— Hereditary (@HereditaryMovie) May 10, 2018
Featurette: Meet Director Ari Aster (briefly)
— A24 (@A24) May 3, 2018
Mr. Aster’s Next Film
— A24 (@A24) May 8, 2018
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