One Year of ‘Hereditary´ and its Cultural Impact on the Horror Genre


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One Year of ‘Hereditary´ and its Cultural Impact on the Horror Genre

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  1. This essay doesn’t really get into the cultural impact of *Hereditary* and instead frames it mostly through a personal lens – which is fine! – but maybe demanded a different headline. After all, the essay saves the “cultural impact” for the bottom paragraph and mostly limits it to:

    >it has helped catapult independent horror

    To which I would say: support with evidence.

    Anyway, *Hereditary* is a good film, but it’s arriving in the middle of a glut of indie-studio horror films that focus on slow-simmer tension, extended wordless scenes, heavy metaphorical/allegorical angles (*The Babadook* and grief, *It Follows* and maturation, *The Witch* and corrosive conservatism), and a restraint that – as this essay points out – often results in drive-by critics using the term “elevated horror,” which is about as pointless a term as “elevated musical” or “elevated crime thriller.” This film won’t change much about that cultural conversation, and I’d honestly be surprised if a lot of horror films are directly impacted by this one. Movies like *Get Out* and *IT* will probably be much more culturally impactful.

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