Hereditary – review

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‘They fuck you up, your mum and dad,’ runs Philip Larkin’s famous poem. It’s a concept that runs central to Hereditary, the debut feature from writer-director Ari Aster, which has been racking up an unusual level of plaudits for a horror film over the past few weeks. Critics have been lining up to breathlessly declare it the scariest film of the year. But despite an intriguing first act and a reliably ominous atmosphere, this creepy but ultimately derivative film doesn’t quite stick the landing. Continue reading “Hereditary – review”


The Babadook – review

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a great new movie monster, but Australian horror film The Babadook has done the trick with its titular demon. First released on the festival scene to critical acclaim earlier this year, The Babadook has finally made it to a UK general release. It’s an effective, creepy, ambitious chiller which signals good things for debut director Jennifer Kent, even if in the end it doesn’t quite escape the limits of the genre. Continue reading “The Babadook – review”