Hereditary ★★★★

Liftoach Pandemonium.

A self-fulfilling prophecy, a subconscious attempt to be set free or manipulation of a bloodline through time, Hereditary slowly and effectively builds its drama, gently positioning its characters like the miniature designs in the model art of Alice (Toni Collette), herself part of an increasingly dysfunctional family who uses her art not only as a means of expression but also to work through her past troubles and current grief. Yet once the film clicks into a higher gear I feel the movie, just like its characters, loses a little of itself in evocations of horrors since past.
Chills lie within the shadows, subtle sounds, including a cluck of the tongue, nicely enhance the brilliantly understated score and physical trauma is sparse but shocking. While it was a shame that Gabriel Bryne as Alice's husband remained largely peripheral and ineffectual, the performances in general were great with Collette an absolute standout as was Milly Shapiro as her daughter Charlie. The sigil a sign throughout, here not only the mind can be lost but so can your head, literally. Although I felt a layer of exposition blunted what would potentially have been a sharp edged finale, the film remains a solid first feature for writer/director Ari Aster. Recommended.

Riches to the Conjurer.