Hereditary is scariest film since The Exorcist – movie dubbed ultimate horror

She is known for her role in 1999’s smash-hit The Sixth Sense.

And now, nearly 20 years on, Toni Collette has returned to the big screen with a film that could out-spook her previous efforts.

Specifically, the Australian actress is now the lead star in Hereditary, which was released in the US, last week, and has been dubbed one of the scariest films, ever.

In fact, some critics have called it the most terrifying horror movie since 1973’s box office classic, The Exorcist.

And it’s set to be unleashed on UK audiences on 14 June.

Telling the tale of a grieving family, the movie – directed by Ari Aster – opens with the death of a much-feared grandmother.

As they prepare for her burial, strange events begin to plague their suburban home. And, soon enough, devastating secrets are revealed about their history.

Together, they must try to out-run a nasty fate while side-stepping decapitation, demonic worship and child murder.

At one point [spoiler alert!] a young girl is decapitated while hanging her head out of a moving car.

Minutes later, a character is burned alive when he spontaneously combusts.

Then, adding further misery, a third character brutally decapitates himself with piano wire.


Naturally, critics have been lining-up to praise the film for its fearlessness.

The New York Times described it as "engaging, unsettling and unpredictable, generating a mood of anxious fascination punctuated by frequent shocks and occasional nervous giggles."

Meanwhile, The Village Voice hailed it "wicked existential horror" and "a new generation’s The Exorcist" by Time Out.


Co-starring Gabriel Byrne, the film earned $13,575,172 in its opening weekend across America, which is a respectable debut for a first-time director.

It originally premiered on January 21, 2018 at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight section.

Hereditary is released Friday, 14 June

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