The horror genre is having a moment right now, and Ari Aster's Hereditary seems to stand out as a game-changer for many fans of the genre. Aster is a relative newcomer to the world of scary features, but he employs seasoned Sixth Sense veteran Toni Collette as the star of the show. I recently had the chance to ask Collette how a film like Hereditary compares to something like M. Night Shyamalan's classic thriller, and she explained that they're similar in the sense that they both deal with the struggles of motherhood. Collette told me:
One of the major elements of Hereditary that many audiences have begun to praise is the balance of authentic and relatable horror with an added supernatural element. It gives the film an extra layer of terror that not a lot of other horror movies manage to achieve, but Toni Collette already had plenty of experience with on The Sixth Sense. Moreover, she has a deep appreciation for the fact that her role as Annie Graham in Hereditary has allowed her to offer up a warts-and-all portrayal of motherhood -- one that includes the ugly side of it that doesn't always make it into films.
The Sixth Sense and Hereditary aren't the only horror movies that Toni Collette has starred in over the years, however. Elsewhere in our discussion about Hereditary, the actress addressed her roles in other films like 2015's Krampus and noted that, unlike the other two films, she has also had the opportunity to flex her campy muscles in the genre as well. Collette explained:
Of course, if you want a closer look at CinemaBlend's chat with Toni Collette about her work on Hereditary, then you can take a look at a clip from the interview, below!
On that note, make sure to catch Hereditary when it debuts this weekend on June 8. Beyond that, head over to our 2018 movie premiere guide and keep yourself up-to-date on this year's biggest movie releases!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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