I went to see Hereditary last night and can see how it might be a Marmite film. Out of a group of 5 of us, I think I was the only one who loved it.
From other reviews many people have said they found it too slow, but for me it wasn’t. I found the pace was essential for character development, which I’m a huge fan of in horror.
Hereditary is one of those films you’ll be thinking about the next day. It had so many undertones. It’s not scary at all in a ‘OMG scary ghost!’ way, it’s WAY more subtle than that. The horror is the uncomfortable feeling of piecing together what’s really going on. And depending what you take from the film, since it’s very subjective, it’s both sad and unsettling.
So yeah, it depends how you like your horror. If you like subtle, psychological gut-churning stuff you’ll probably like it. If you prefer loads of ghost/monster thrills and jump-out-of-your-seat scares, probably not.
Oh and on two final notes, Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne gave outstanding performances! And I found the cinematography to be excellent