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Gabriel Byrne's new horror Hereditary branded 'scariest horror movie in years' following Sundance premiere


Hereditary had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival

Hereditary had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival

Hereditary had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival

Gabriel Byrne's new film is generating excited buzz after its Sundance Film Festival premiere.

Hereditary is being branded as the scariest horror film in years and comes from A24 who previously brought us The Witch, Green Room and Lady Bird.

Directed by Ari Aster it stars Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd (of The Handmaid's Tale fame).

“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," read the official synopisis.

"The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.”

Reviews have been gushing.

Variety's review questions why it wasn't considered in the running for the Dramatic Competition. 

"Taken on its own terms, however, “Hereditary” may be the most exciting movie I’ve seen at Sundance this year," writes Owen Gleiberman, adding that it is "sure to get its shot in the megaplex, where it has every chance to win a major audience. But what viewers will discover is that the movie, unlike almost every mainstream horror film you see these days, has the substance to match its scares."

According to Thrillist there were plenty of screams among the audience, “The screams in the theatre were almost as frightening as what was on screen.”

USA Today described it as “the most insane horror movie in years," adding that ”If you’d ever like to sleep again, then you should probably steer clear of A24’s latest horror offering.”

The AV Club described it as "traumatically terrifying" and said it evoked "classics Rosemary's Baby and The Wicker Man".

No release date has been announced yet but we'll keep you posted!

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