Gabriel Byrne is looking a bit unsettled above, is he not? We know why! Hereditary opens in US theaters IN ONE WEEK on Friday, June 8, and in UK and Irish theaters on June 15. This will be the last posting about the film until some time has passed, and Byrneholics everywhere have had a chance to see it. Then, I’ll do my traditional review round-up and share other news and pics with you. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ve tried to be careful with this last blurb in the run-up to the opening. Everyone who has seen it advises you to “go in cold,” so no more from me.

Buckle up! Here’s the latest on Hereditary!

An Irish Headline

You have to love the Irish Post. When all other news outlets are calling Toni Collette the star of the new horror masterpiece (and rightfully so, from all the early reports), the Post has this headline:

Watch terrifying trailer for new Gabriel Byrne horror Hereditary that’s winning rave reviews

Yes! Gabriel’s character, Steve Graham, has been called “the last sane man in the room” by some lucky early viewers, and we continue to hope that Mr. Graham survives to the end.

New UK Television Teaser

New Clip

A Bit of Hype

Promotional Images

Does the moss green jacket seem familiar to anyone else? wink

From the official website

Behind the scenes with director Ari Aster

Director Ari Aster Interviews

Be sure to follow Ari on Twitter. He is much more active there now and posts really interesting stuff!

Film Comment Interview with Michael Koresky, May 1, 2018

Ari Aster does not consider himself a horror director. He’ll have to keep explaining why, though, as his debut feature Hereditary is one of the most effective examples of the genre in recent years. With this film, finally opening in theaters after creating quite a buzz among its passionate—and emotionally drained—fans at Sundance and South by Southwest, Aster has made a film filled with spirits, possession, and ghoulish violence but which is perhaps more invested in the domestic dramas and inner lives of its central characters, making for a sympathetic and therefore highly discomfiting experience. A Grand Guignol tale filmed with unnerving restraint, Hereditary is about family—the terrors of the past and the horrors of living in the present—and the impossibility of escaping fate and legacy. I spoke with Aster in New York about the state of contemporary horror, his provocative beginnings at AFI, and what scares him, both in the movies and in life.

Koresky also interviews Aster for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Talk on Thursday, June 7, in New York City, just one day before the film opens in US theaters.

Director and writer Ari Aster

Post Mortem Podcast: No Spoilers!

Released May 23, 2018

After being hailed for making one of the scariest movies of the year and taking the festival world by storm since Sundance, first-time writer/director Ari Aster is on the Post Mortem slab to discuss his journey making his acclaimed debut, HEREDITARY.

International Posters

One of these is really rather hallucinatory. I’m thinking it’s the one in the middle. Yes?

Music from the film

Milan Records has made 4 tracks of Colin Stetson’s soundtrack for the film available on Soundcloud, where you can listen for free. One of these tracks is embedded below.

Brooklyn Vegan

Though he’s primarily a saxophone player, Colin incorporated strings, chimes and drones into his score, and we’ve heard a taste of the score where those chimes really get used to great effect. We’re premiering a more ambient track from the score, “Mothers & Daughters,” which you can hear below.

Two Spoiler Free Reviews

Nerdist: Hereditary is the dysfunctional family from literal hell [This article is no longer available on the Internet]

Buzz is sometimes hard to overcome, especially if it’s uniformly positive. Everyone who goes to see it thereafter will compare it to the radiantly glowing reviews they’ve heard or read and it’d have to take a very special movie to make good on that promise. Coming out of Sundance this year, Ari Aster’s Hereditary had more positive buzz than a hive of optimistic bees, with some critics claiming it was “this generation’s The Exorcist.” With that in mind, I sat in the screening room at once dubious and ready to be wowed. Hereditary is one of the most unsettling movies I’ve ever seen, and I couldn’t sleep because of it.

Summer Fun

Charlie’s Dolls

Review Haiku

Other films to see this summer (or not)


Australian Movie Theater Plays ‘Hereditary’ Trailer Before ‘Peter Rabbit,’ Families Panic and Flee the Cinema

So, that’s all the scary I have for you! See you on the other side of Hereditary!

Well, I’m just as unsettled now as I was at the beginning of this posting . . .


  1. Also opening in Canada. Just bought my advance tickets!
    May have to watch with eyes closed if too scary.

    • If you do manage to keep your eyes open, please consider submitting a brief review. You can just talk about Gabriel’s work in the film if you like. No spoilers! I would love to hear a reaction from someone I know. You are so lucky to see/not see it on the big screen! ;-)

  2. I’ll do my best Stella. Seeing the film and writing a review will be a welcome distraction to the horror story that is the provincial election (similar to a state election in US) on June 7 where a Trump-like politician has a good chance of winning. Meant to write earlier how those high res photos of Gabriel are very distracting indeed!!!

    • I wanted to apologize to you, my Canadian friend, for the “big chill” sent your way by the current president of my beleaguered nation. Sigh. What he thinks he is doing is anyone’s guess, I suppose. What I do know is nothing can chill the warm relationship our two countries have always enjoyed AND we will recover from this orange blip on the radar. Meanwhile, good luck to you provincially and I’ll do my best to send more distracting pics of our favorite Irishman your way soon! <3



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