Horror movies are a staple of the cinematic experience but it’s rare for one to impact audiences the way Hereditary has since its release last week. The film has been traumatizing viewers with a slow-burn horror experience amplified by the impeccable acting of Toni Collette and young breakout star Milly Shapiro.
Just how horrifying is Hereditary? Twitter user Jesse Knight recalled a woman in the audience who was so scared that, as the credits rolled, she yelled at her friends, who clearly dragged her to a horror experience.
Good morning to everyone, but especially the young woman who after HEREDITARY ended yelled at her friends “I JUST WANTED TO SEE THE MOVIE CALLED BOOK CLUB.”
— Jesse Knight (@Superfluously) June 10, 2018
Hereditary currently sits at an 87% on Metacritic, making it another horror smash hit following John Krasinski’s surprising A Quiet Place. So far, it’s been a good year for the horror genre, with two successful movies—though it seems Hereditary is affecting audiences a bit more than the mostly dialogue-free A Quiet Place.
John Squires, managing editor of Bloody Disgusting, had plenty to say about one scene:
It's rare that my jaw drops, literally drops, while watching a movie. THAT scene in #Hereditary dropped my jaw for a good 15-seconds. The sort of scene that makes you feel you're in dangerous hands. In particular, the other character's reaction to it is downright harrowing.
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) June 11, 2018
In the plethora of reviews, one common theme is that the film sticks with you well after the credits have run their course.
Twitter user Topo Chica (@classyxale) echoed that sentiment:
@atleeeey dude! What you said about Hereditary making you fell unwell in your vlog was so true! I felt super uncomfortable after I watched it. I went to the bar right after and just kept thinking about it! It was so good though.
— Topo Chica (@classyxale) June 11, 2018
Ruben Salvadori, engagement editor at The Verge, has advice for people who have seen Hereditary:
Me after watching Hereditary pic.twitter.com/5sUCEQHxvo
— Ruben Salvadori (@ruben_salvadori) June 11, 2018
And some people were so affected by the movie that they just want to step away from it permanently:
Hereditary is the most terrified I have ever been watching a movie in I don’t know how long. I was literally crying because I was so scared and I never want to see or even talk about that movie again
— Tim Schilling (@timjschilling) June 9, 2018
Even people that have yet to see the film are anticipating sleepless nights or are afraid to try to see it alone:
Daniel and I are going to see Hereditary tonight. We are ready to not sleep tonight
— Caroline (@carolinemurs) June 11, 2018
I wanna go see Hereditary but I’m too scared to see it by myself
— Vertiasha Tickles (@vee_machell) June 11, 2018
If just thinking about seeing Hereditary scares me I probably shouldn’t see it right???
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) June 11, 2018
This one is sure to be freaking out viewers for months and even years to come.