When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.
It would seem the Hollywood tradition started in the 1980's of false reviews made by either non-existent people or people paid to write glowing assessments is alive and well.
That is my only way of explaining why this film is so highly regarded. I went to the user review area of IMDB just to see if I was missing something or if others thought this good looking, atmospheric, well acted two hour slog sucked as well. To my relief I found I was not alone.
What we have here is a case of style over substance. There is really nothing to "hang your hat on" with regards to what is happening to the family featured. When the reveals start coming they are either obvious or trite. The ending is complete crap, especially after the two hour journey to get to it.
The scariest scene happens early on and is not in any way supernatural. After, we just go on and on and round and round and can only assume the mother is mentally ill. That she is imagining everything that is "odd" or causing it herself. When that proves not to be the situation, the denouement we are given is, again, craptastic and straight out of any run of the mill Z grade made for VOD horror movie plot.
This has been compared to "The Exorcist" but do not let that fool you. This is no "Exorcist" or even anything close.
At best this is a film about a family dealing with mental illness. Only not!
PalmStar Media by Ari Aster.
Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff.
Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Keywords: loss of loved one secret ant funeral ritual utah daughter supernatural possession dysfunctional family decapitation fear demon attic evil psychological horror dollhouse seance ancestry traumatic experience anaphylaxis matriarch miniatures decomposed body supernatural horror
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