[Gift Guide] For ‘Hereditary’ Fans, A24 is Now Selling an Official “Screaming Toni Collette” Enamel Pin

If you’re looking for a special gift for the Hereditary fan in your life (trust us, they probably already own the Blu-ray), look no further than the latest offering from the official A24 online shop: a metal/enamel “Screaming Toni Collette” pin, a wearable tribute to the very best horror movie performance of 2018… and to Toni Collette in general, our new Scream Queen.

The pin, now selling in A24’s shop, was designed by artist Jen Lewis, who perfectly describes Collette’s instantly iconic screaming face from Hereditary as “the Mona Lisa of screams.”

Measuring 1″ x 6/8″, the pin is selling for just $10. Grab one today!

You Can Now Read the Entire Script for HEREDITARY Online

Whether or not you agree with the assertion that Hereditary is the scariest horror movie since The Exorcist, there’s no denying that it made a huge impact on the genre landscape of 2018. Expect to see it on many (if not all) year-end best-of horror lists. In my humble opinion, Hereditary is instantly canonical, deserving of not just multiple viewings, but extensive study.

If you’re like me and would love the opportunity to take a deep dive into the subtext of Hereditary, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to read writer/director Ari Aster’s entire screenplay. It recently emerged online via Script Slug and it’s a treasure for hardcore fans of the film who want to absorb every subtle intricacy. You can read/download your own copy of the Hereditary script, HERE.

Related Article: Life After Charlie: An Exclusive Conversation with HEREDITARY’s Milly Shapiro

If you’ve yet to experience the terrifying phenomenon that is Hereditary, check out the synopsis and trailer below. The film stars Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, and Alex Wolff.

Synopsis:
When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.

Are you a fan of Hereditary? Are you excited for the opportunity to read Ari Aster’s script in its entirety? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Toni Collette: The Matriarch of Modern Horror

The first, and last, time actress Toni Collette was nominated for an Academy Award, it was for her portrayal of single mother Lynn Sear in M. Night Shyamalan’s horror film The Sixth Sense. She’s earned and won numerous awards accolades, deservedly so, but it was horror that garnered her an Oscar-nomination. With awards season in full swing, now it’s another horror film that’s bringing Oscar buzz for the actress; Hereditary.

As mother Annie Graham, Collette delivers a powerhouse performance that earned massive acclaim upon release. Collette chooses her genre roles carefully, but when she does, it’s always a profound expression of the terrifying facets of motherhood.  The Academy would be crazy not to nominate Collette for her uncanny ability to tear apart the scenery the way Ari Aster needed for his feature debut, but at the very least it solidifies her as a fixture of modern horror.

Her first foray into genre fare, The Sixth Sense, found her exploring the exhaustive trials of raising a child alone. A working-class mother in Philadelphia, Lynn Sear struggles to be there for her son emotionally while she’s off ensuring she can support him financially. But boy does she try. Collette imbues Lynn with a layered performance as the mother desperately trying to protect her son, but at a loss as to how. She deftly conveys the ferocity of a mother’s love while bearing the weight of the pressures of filling the role of both father and mother, all the while her socially isolated son is battling demons she can’t see or understand. It all builds into the film’s most emotionally charged scene, in which mother and son tearfully find common ground and understanding as Cole finally opens up about his ghosts. The moment Collette, hands to her heart, breathlessly asks, “Do I make her proud?” is the moment that clinched her Oscar-nomination.

In 2006, Collette would switch gears for the psychological thriller The Night Listener. Based on the novel inspired by the Anthony Godby Johnson suspected hoax, Collette plays the adoptive mother, Donna, of an ailing boy that strikes up a relationship with a radio show host. The further that relationship is explored, the more it seems as though the boy and Donna may be one and the same. This exploration of motherhood is very, very different, and Collette again approaches it with the nuance that she does so well. Donna is both relatable and vulnerable, but with an underling layer of crazy that Collette would harness again later.

Five years after would bring the remake of beloved ‘80s horror comedy Fright Night, one that was received well by critics largely due to the performances. The horror comedy allowed Collette to take a much more lighthearted approach to single-motherhood as Jane Brewster, mom to teen son Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin). A supporting role meant solely to raise the emotional stakes for the hero, Collette can’t help but make her character feel fully realized even when she only appears in a handful of scenes. Her flirtation with new neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a wry wink that teens aren’t the only one with raging hormones. It’s matched by her fighting maternal instinct when Jerry reveals his true nature, too.

Collette was given much more to work with in 2015’s Krampus, in a central role that let her have fun with campy humor. As Sarah Engel, Collette delved into what it would mean to be an A-type control freak during a hectic holiday season with family disfunction reaching a boiling point. Of course, there’s also Krampus, evil elves, and dark holiday minions to contend with, and the humor of it all appealed to Collette. It was in Krampus that she really got to stretch out her comedic chops, further demonstrating what a chameleon she can be.

Even being familiar with Collette’s work, especially in horror, none of it really prepares for what she brings to Hereditary. Even if its horror ultimately doesn’t work for you, it’s hard not to feel Annie’s grief on a visceral level. It’s not just grief, either, but pure terror, dread, love, desperation, and every emotion in between. Collette plays a mother so very against the concept of what motherhood should or is expected to be. In a cast of tremendous performances, that Collette’s is a standout is no small feat. She reels you in, makes you invest in her character’s story, and then chills you to the bone. An irony, considering horror terrifies the actress.

Lynn Sear, Donna, Jane Brewster, Sarah Engel, and Annie Graham may be all connected by motherhood, but they’re each such widely different characters that could have only been brought to life by a skilled actress like Collette. She explores the complexities of being a mother and the catharsis that horror can bring in a nuanced way that few actors possess. Horror is often ignored by the Academy, but she’s made it difficult to overlook Hereditary. It’s fitting, considering how it will bring her full circle to her role in The Sixth Sense. More than just a scream queen, she’s become the matriarch of modern horror.

Vogue Writer Slams Horror: “Where Have All the Good Horror Movies Gone?”

Remember when horror was good?” asks Vogue writer Taylor Antrim, who proclaims 2018 void of any good horror movies in an article published this week, yet still works in mentions of Hereditary and A Quiet Place – the latter of which he calls a “thriller”. Sigh.

We didn’t even get a decent shark movie this year,” he bolsters like that’s some kind of quantifiable statistic over the past 100 years of cinema. (The funny thing is, the fact that we even did get a mega budget shark blockbuster with The Meg actually shows how huge horror is right now.)

The writer then slams Halloween, before he comically tells readers to watch Revenge, which, I hate to break it to him, came out this year. Remember when horror was good? Like, you mean right now? In this very moment we’re living inside of?

Then, Suspiria is removed from the equation. “Suspiria is not forgettable. Nor is it, I hasten to say, much of a horror film, despite being a remake of one.” He suggests that a horror movie isn’t a horror movie unless it has “an element of fun, of dark delight,” and excludes Suspiria because it wasn’t fun nor did he understand the finale. Must be a “thriller,” eh?

Typical for pieces of this sort, the article has no clear point and builds up to nothing; mostly, it’s supported by the writer’s viewing of WinchesterThe Nun and Slender Man, three not-so-great films that offer only a fraction of horror that was put on display this year. Of course, as most horror fans are aware, the good has far outweighed the bad in 2018.

(And even the baddest, it’s worth pointing out, have proven quite successful.)

But I digress. This feels like yet another mainstream hit piece, one that perhaps it’s best to give no attention to at all. But it’s hard not to. After all, this is exactly the kind of bullshit we horror fans constantly have to deal with. You see, when horror is having a down year, they’ll write, “Horror is dead.” When it’s hot, like it has been for the past few years, they quantify it and remove films to fit their narrative. We’re low class to them. There’s no way a horror film could be so good that it deserves awards… right?

You just watch… when Toni Collette gets nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Hereditary, and Ari Aster gets nominated for “Best Director” and “Best Original Screenplay”, the mainstream media will start the narrative that Hereditary is not a horror movie. Buckle your seatbelts, cause it’s going to happen. Hell, it already has.

Digressing yet again, I don’t understand how one of the biggest magazines on the planet can allow someone to write a horror hit piece having just seen a small handful of horror films?

Outside of the aforementioned Hereditary, A Quiet Place (a monster movie that’s without question a *horror* movie), Revenge and Suspiria (that’s a lot of great horror right there, no?), there have been dozens of phenomenal genre films released in 2018. So much so that I’m having a difficult time narrowing down the best of the year. While you may debate me on the merits of The Predator or this weekend’s Overlord (both extremely fun genre films), I offer you the following counter: Annihilation, Mandy, The Ritual, The Night Comes For Us, One Cut of the Dead, Thoroughbreds, Before I Wake, Ghost Stories, Blue My Mind, What Keeps You Alive, Tumbbad, Lowlife, Possum, Let the Corpses Tan, Terrified, and The Witch In the Window.

I’m sure there’s even more, but let’s not pretend we’re not in the middle of a major horror renaissance. We are. We absolutely are. And true fans of the genre see that clear as day.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

(Video) Are These the Top 50 Scariest Horror Movie Scenes of All Time?

October 2018 may be in the history books, but here at Dread Central, we cater to genre fans who live every day like it’s Halloween! We won’t stop bringing you the latest horror-related news in between articles and retrospectives highlighting the entirety of horror history! To that end, we’re pleased to share a recent video list from our friends at WatchMojo!

We’re used to seeing video Top 10 lists, but these guys just released a whopper: The Top 50 Scariest Horror Movie Scenes of All Time! Give yourself the best part of half an hour in order to enjoy this stroll down Nightmare Lane!

Synopsis:
You may need to hide behind your blankie for this one. For this list, we’re embracing the Halloween season by ranking 50 of the most terrifying moments in the history of horror films. Like a stranger in an alleyway, these scenes creep up from behind and haunt our memories forever. Our list includes spine-chilling scares from “Halloween” (1978), “It” (2017), “Cloverfield” (2008), “The Ring” (2002), “Psycho” (1960), and more! Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 50 Scariest Horror Movie Scenes of ALL TIME.

What did you think of WatchMojo’s selections for the 50 scariest horror movie scenes of all time? What are some other horror movie scenes that deserve a shout out for being exceptionally terrifying? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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HEREDITARY Director’s “Apocalyptic Breakup Movie” Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

In 2017, not many people knew the name Ari Aster; in 2018, the young director’s debut film Hereditary has left an indelible mark on the horror landscape. Expect to see Hereditary on many Top 10 Horror Movies of 2018 lists (if not all of them), and let’s keep hoping Toni Collette gets the Oscar nomination she deserves for her portrayal of Annie Graham.

While you might expect Aster to take a break before delivering his next potential masterpiece, there’s a chance he’ll be rocking us in 2019 as well. The filmmaker described his next film, an as-yet-unnamed pagan horror movie set in Scandinavia, as “an apocalyptic breakup movie”; look for it to hit theaters this summer on August 9th!

Synopsis:
A couple that travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

The film stars Will Poulter, Vilhem Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Ellora Torchia, and Archie Madekwe.

Much of the film is still cloaked in mystery, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground in order to bring you additional details as they emerge. Stay tuned! If you have yet to experience Hereditary for yourself, check out the synopsis and trailer below.

Synopsis:
When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.

Are you a fan of Ari Aster’s Hereditary? Are you excited to check out his pagan cult horror movie in 2019? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Ari Aster Answers Some of Those Tough ‘Hereditary’ Questions

I’m still reeling in shock over the fact that the home video release of Hereditary doesn’t contain a commentary track. I initially chalked it up to pretentiousness by the filmmakers, only director Ari Aster has been doing a lot of talking since the film’s release. While we may never know why the commentary track was omitted, Aster did take the time to do a lengthy AMA on reddit in which he answered some of the film’s toughest questions.


Why Did Annie Try and Kill Her Son?

In the film, it’s revealed that Annie (Toni Collette) once poured gasoline over her children. It becomes a recurring theme as her son, Peter (Alex Wolff), believes his mother hates him and wants him dead, while her husband, Steve (Gabriel Byrne), has never truly gotten over the traumatic experience. She’s the film’s protagonist and wants to save her family from whatever the hell is going on, so why would she also try and kill them. Aster explains that her subconscious knows exactly what is happening.

“I like the idea of divine intervention, but I saw it this way: Annie knows on some buried, suppressed level that her life is not her own, and she is the victim of unthinkable, Machiavellian scheming by her mother,” Aster revealed. “But she cannot look directly that this (let alone inquire about it). It would destroy too much of her inner structure. So, she lives in a kind of denial. But in her sleep, this part of her is acting out. She tried to set fire to her children to prevent the ‘resurrection of Paimon,’ as you say [in reference to the AMA question]. She even says, in the dream sequence, ‘I wasn’t trying to kill you, I was trying to save you.’ That said, it could also be read as Annie’s buried desire to kill her children taking hold. After all, she never wanted to be a mother. All her life she has simply being doing ‘the done thing.’ The role of a mother is never one she felt comfortable playing.”


Why Does Annie Saw Off Her Head?

The shocking finale takes place in the treehouse in which Charlie/Peter are introduced as Paimon. However, before the ceremony, Annie floats to the ceiling and saws off her head. Many felt this was part of the ritual, but it was actually a reflection of the grief of a mother’s loss. Interestingly, this was the film’s genesis.

“The first images that came to me (before writing) were Charlie’s head being knocked off by the telephone pole and Annie levitating while sawing off her own head (the concept of a mother so destroyed by what happened to her child that she has to do it to herself). I built the movie around that and the other.”


Paimon.

What’s interesting about Hereditary is that the cult isn’t trying to resurrect the Devil, but one of seven other demons. Aster explains why he chose Paimon and also reveals some other secrets, including why Steve goes up in flames instead of Annie when Charlie’s sketchbook is thrown into the fireplace.

“The devil has been done to death. Paimon was my favorite option that came up in my research. I’ve already been told by some that Paimon is an ‘obvious choice.’ Everyone’s a critic, it seems,” he jokes.

When asked about why Steve was set in flames when Annie throws Charlie’s sketchbook in the fireplace, Aster reveals that Paimon’s actually quite the jokester.

“I’ll say this: when Annie finds the book about Paimon, he is also described as being the ‘god of mischief.’ Steve going up in flames (re)announces the true, cruel logic of the film. Annie decides to sacrifice herself for her family, but that’s not her choice to make.”

As for the writings all over the wall, there’s a literal translation:

“Those are isolated pieces of an invocation spell that is suggested to be written all over the house. We only see three of these in the film, but there are many more (probably written behind furniture or otherwise hidden). ‘Liftoach Pandemonium’ has a special significance. It translates as ‘Open Up Chaos (or Hell).’”


Other Random Bits.

Aster confirms that the last shot of the treehouse was inspired by The Night of the Hunter.

Also, when asking if anything spooky happened on set, Aster shared this short anecdote.

“Yes. Alex Wolff told me not to say the name of William Shakespeare’s Scottish play out loud because of some superstitious theater legend. I smugly announced the name, and then one of our lights burst during the shooting of the following scene.”

MACBETH.

Hereditary is now available on VOD, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), and DVD.

Interview: Milly Shapiro on Her Breakout Role in ‘Hereditary’

Interview: Milly Shapiro on Her Breakout Role in ‘Hereditary’, From: Waylon Jordan,

Milly Shapiro has been having the time of her life since she landed the role of Charlie in Hereditary. Though she’s had a serious background in theater and stage work, the film was her first, and she sat down with iHorror recently to chat about her experiences making the film and the doors that are opening […]

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