But the movie was more than just frightening, says horror author Paul Tremblay.
“And I thought the performances—particularly Toni Collette’s as the mother, Annie—were just amazing and emotionally harrowing.”
In many ways Hereditary is a throwback to older films like Don’t Look Now and Rosemary’s Baby.
Horror author Grady Hendrix admires that classic style, but thinks it was risky for the film to feature an old-school Satanic cult.
“For most of us our main contact with Satanists are really bad amateur metal bands, or that guy you know in grad school who’s like, ‘I’m a Satanist.
It means I’m a freethinker and a vegan, and I’m in an open relationship.