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‘Hereditary’ Scared the Hell Out of Our Favorite Directors: Barry Jenkins, Edgar Wright, and More React to Horror Film

"It features one of the most visceral moments I’ve ever experienced in a theater," Jenkins told his social media followers of "Hereditary."




Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” is now playing in theaters nationwide, which means movie lovers can finally see what all the buzz is about regarding his feature directorial debut. The title has been impressing critics ever since the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it earned universal acclaim and cemented a spot in the horror hall of fame. Film critics are terrified by “Hereditary,” and it turns out some of our favorite filmmakers are just as scared.

“Discerning horror fans must check out ‘Hereditary,’ the debut from Ari Aster,” Edgar Wright tweeted about the film. “A beautifully shot and performed supernatural thriller that builds to some shocking sequences. I actually said ‘Jesus Christ’ aloud at one shot. Toni Collette is amazing, but we knew that already. Go see.”

Barry Jenkins wrote on his Twitter page “Hereditary” features “one of the most visceral moments” he’s ever experienced in a movie theater. The “Moonlight” Oscar winner went on to praise “Hereditary” as a “masterful stroke that demands viewing on the largest screen possible and in communion with as many sweaty palms and brows imaginable.”

“Hereditary” picks up with the Graham family as they grieve the death of grandmother Ellen. Ellen’s daughter, Annie (Toni Collette), tries to fight through her pain with help from a grief counseling support group, but her devastation is only made worse when another tragedy strikes and threatens to destroy the family for good. Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, and Gabriel Byrne co-star.

Read reactions from Wright, Jenkins, and more filmmakers below. “Hereditary” is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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