Director: Ari Aster
Main Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd, Mallory Bechtel
Storyline: A grieving family after the grandmother passes away starts to have strange occurrences happening to them.
Review (Spoils): As Annie’s (Toni Collette) mother passed away herself and the rest of the family start to have strange things happen to them and odd tragic events. Her husband (Gabriel Byrne) in denial as her son Peter (Alex Wolff) struggles to fit and goes into blank outs, her daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) struggles period and is odd. As trying to figure this all out they start to play with the supernatural and see connection somehow to the grandmother.
This film relies mostly on the tension of the family members. From many tragic losses and then gripping with the strangeness that is haunting the family not just at home but even in the outside world. You can feel the tension between the mother, the father and the son which escalates as more tragic events surround the family and breaks the mothers mind down. When Annie meets Joan, things start to peel open and things of the supernatural are experienced even more.
We get a mix of things within the movie besides the awesome music scores such as beheadings, headless bodies, burnings, a few bodies crawling on walls and ceilings (done very well like Exorcist III), some blood and gore, nasty head banging and naked standing bloated bodies. The film grips on haunting and jump scares and like I mentioned before family tension.
Rating: I personally can say I enjoyed this film a lot. Sure, some of the images is nothing new that we have not seen before but the tension alone within the family is the horror of the film. You can feel the stress and the struggle and can relate and for that this film was done very well. Sure, when the film starts unfolding the secret there really is no surprises and you may even groan but the film was still worth it. Both Toni Collette and Alex Wolff stand out the most and did an amazing job on the character development. Go checkout this film and All Hail Paimon!