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‘Hereditary’s’ Second Weekend Holds Up at Box Office

Much has been written about the polarizing effect that A24’s Hereditary has had on the horror community (and many predicted a sharp decline at the box office after the first weekend), but Ari Aster’s creepy take on family dynamics and satanism is still bringing fans into the theater, earning just over $7 million this past weekend.

While the weekend take is far from staggering, the fact that Hereditary only dropped by 48% is significant in light of the mixed fan reaction.  In comparison, most horror films will drop anywhere from 55% to 65% of their initial take after their first week of release. With no horror films on the horizon until The First Purge on July 4th, Hereditary should continue to attract curious fans (even those outside of the normal horror realm) over the next few weeks. read more

The Shocking Truth Behind ‘Hereditary’s’ Low Cinemascore!

A24’s Hereditary delivered the best opening in the short history of the company, delivering $13.5 million in its first weekend at the box office.  The closest film released from A24 to Hereditary’s opening was 2016’s The Witch which made $8.8 million during its debut weekend.

Despite this excellent news, many news outlets picked up on the D+ Cinemascore rating for Hereditary as a sign of trouble for the film.  While this may lead to diminishing returns in subsequent weeks, the issue is much more complex than the score would indicate. read more

‘Hereditary’: The Horror News Network Review

First time writer/director Ari Aster’s Hereditary opens in theaters this weekend after months of unbelievable hype. A24, the studio behind similar projects like The Witch and It Comes at Night, have been sure to market the film with clever and haunting promotional clips and tales of traumatized critics at film festival previews. Most movies which are blown so full of pre-release hot air tend to disappoint simply due to the sheer inability to live up to the vast expectations such buzz inevitably produces. However, Hereditary is one of those rare cases where everything you’ve heard about it is true. It’s deeply unsettling, it’s brilliantly acted and directed, and it comes from a school of filmmaking which expired decades ago to make way for louder, gaudier productions. For the same reasons why it’s excellent, this movie isn’t going to win over casual Friday night audiences; but Hereditary has all of the makings of a modern horror classic for discerning horror fans. Unforgettably haunting and “sleep with the lights on” scary, this movie is easily one of the best horror films of the decade. read more

A24 Will Produce ‘Hereditary’ Director Ari Aster’s Next Horror Film

Hereditary isn’t even out yet, but according to Deadline, A24 “… is re-teaming with Hereditary helmer Ari Aster to produce and fully finance his next untitled horror project, sources said. The film will be A24’s largest production to date, with an expected production start of late summer/early fall 2018. Lars Knudsen and B Reel will also produce.”

At this point, not much is known about the film, and “The plot is being kept under wraps though it follows a young woman who reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip where things quickly go awry.”  A24 has just begun casting the film as well. read more

A24 Releases Fiery New Trailer for ‘Hereditary’

A24, the studio behind such recent films as Ex Machina, Green Room, and The Witch appear to have another hit on their hands with Hereditary. Written and directed by Ari Aster, the film follows a family who begin to encounter a variety of unnerving circumstances following the death of the grandmother and matriarch of the family. The studio just dropped a new trailer for Hereditary and it is chock full of unsettling scenes and supernatural creepiness! Whether it be squishy sounds, creepy reflections, or fiery blazes that scare you, you’re sure to find something that suits you in the trailer for Hereditary! You can watch the entire clip for yourself below: read more

A24 Releases An Even Creepier Trailer for ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

In mid-August, A24 delivered an eerie trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos’ (The Lobster) upcoming film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Between its medical-themed horror elements and its slow and creepy pacing, the trailer hit all of the right notes to get audiences curious and interested in the film. Now that we’re closer to the movie’s release, A24 have released a new trailer which ramps up the level of squeamishness that its predecessor inspired. You can watch the entire new clip below: read more

A24 Releases Creepy New Trailer for ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

Judging by the trailers for this fall’s upcoming horror releases, we are in for one heck of a Halloween season! Mother!, Stranger Things Season Two, It, and Jigsaw will all be out before we know it; and A24 just added to the excitement by posting an eerie new trailer for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, from writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos’ (The Lobster).

The film stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, and Alicia Silverstone; and it promises to be chock full of nail biting suspense and medical horror. The trailer sets a creepy, methodical tone by presenting several sterile establishing shots before bodies start unnaturally flopping to the ground. Based on what we can gather from the elusive trailer, the film seems to focus on a surgeon who is crippling his patients. This one’s gonna be a doozy! read more

A24 Releases First Trailer for It Comes at Night

A24 (the studio responsible for a wide variety of critically acclaimed horror films as well as a slate of current Oscar contenders) has just released the first trailer for Trey Edward Shults’ horror film It Comes at Night.

The trailer exudes a menacing, claustrophobic atmosphere and hints at an unknown presence lurking in the woods.  The haunting artwork of Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel (entitled “The Triumph of Death”) offers our first glimpse of a potential “hell on earth” scenario for the unlucky families trapped in the close quarters of the house and the dark forest. read more

The Monster Trailer Debuts Amid High Expectations

A24, the studio behind such recent critical darlings as Ex MachinaRoom, and The Witch, has revealed the official trailer for The Monster. The film is directed by Bryan Bertino, director of The Strangers. Since horror films are missing from theater schedules this October, your best bet for chills and thrills this Halloween is to watch this trailer on repeat:

Due Bertino’s work on The Strangers and A24’s recent track record, the trailer has already drummed up high hopes and high expectations from within the horror community. The trailer appears to continue Bertino’s and A24’s practice of focusing on character and story development over cheap jump scares. Only time will tell if the film lives up to the expectations. read more

‘The Witch’ – Review

‘The Witch’ – Review

By Lynn Sorel

Rating: 8 out of 10

 

Synopsis: A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. 

 

Our Thoughts: ‘The Witch’ follows a Puritan family who leaves the plantation they were living due to a conflict of beliefs. They build a house and farm of their own and begin the new lives. One day, their new born baby is stolen by a witch who lives in the woods, while their oldest daughter, Thomasin, is playing with him. The witch, portrayed as a creepy, naked elderly woman, kills the child, churns his blood and rubs it on her body. read more