The Reel Review
Wow. Wow. Wow. Ari Aster’s dark and oh-so-twisted directorial debut is one that EVERYONE will be talking about for years to come. The dread-filled horror story starts off simply – when the matriarch of a highly dysfunctional family dies, her melancholy descendants begin to decipher cryptic and increasingly disturbing details of their family history. As the story progresses, the unholy mood grows more chilling, with an increasing array of OMG, WTF-did-I-just-see? moments, a disconcerting blend of realism and the surreal that will fill you with dread and despair, and jaw dropping performances by Toni Collette and Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle). That said, and as shocking as the film is with its well crafted nods to such classics as The Exorcist, The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby, the sum still doesn’t quite live up to its amazing parts. But that ending – wow.