Brace yourself, horror movie lovers, for 2018 may have just begun, but it has already brought forth the most exciting and terrifying movie of the year for all of us!
If you're tired of the same old run-of-the-mill scare-fest that has immunised you against the genre of horror in movies, prepare to be quite spooked with what the Sundance Film Festival 2018 - America’s biggest independent film festival - has decided to premiere this year.
Founded in 1978, Sundance has become a platform for launching films from around the world that were made outside the studio system, and are looking for recognition and distribution deals. It's also particularly known for debuting innovative, terrifying horror films over the past few years, often from first-time directors.
This year, Ari Aster's feature film 'Hereditary' has been making waves and created quite the buzz on social media, with movie critics calling it 'the most insane horror movie in years' and the ‘horror movie that traumatized Sundance'.
It's also being ranked right up there with classics such as The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby - and for horror movie fanatics, that's definitely saying something!
The official synopsis of the movie makes no attempt to detail the terrifying plot, and well, we are officially both excited and petrified for the release of the movie.
The gist: “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. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.”
Scared yet? If you aren't, take a look at some of the chilling reactions right out of Sundance, to help you take a call on whether you should be risking your heart for this.
Holy shit that was incredible. One of the most disturbing and terrifying films in years. TRUST ME. You WILL be hearing about #Hereditary. I have not been that truly horrified in years. If you’re up at #Sundance see it immediately. I LOVED this film. This is what horror is.
— Jeff Dixon (@thejeffdixon) January 23, 2018
— Oscar! ⭐️ (@Oscar) January 22, 2018
HEREDITARY is so disquieting, you’ll be gasping for air in the theater. Utterly believable supernatural horror. There will be no scarier movie this year. If there is, it means we’re in a new golden age. #Sundance
— Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf) January 23, 2018
HEREDITARY: #Sundance officially becomes yearly launching pad for all future genre defining horror movies. I AM LEFT PARALYZED BY THIS MOVIE. And Toni Colette! Her performance walks a tightrope of frailty and hysteria. Think Blue Jasmine for the horror genre.
— Jason (@jasonosia) January 25, 2018
— Matt Dentler (@MattDentler) January 22, 2018
The movie, starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Zachary Arthur, already holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is all set to hit theatres on June 28th in the United States.
Still feeling brave enough? Check out the trailer for the movie...if you dare.