The masthead for DD Episode 341: Hereditary. Collage by Philip Perron
Dark Discussions recently delved into a couple of this summer’s hits–Hereditary and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
While Hereditary, as is typical of just about every new horror film that comes out, was touted as “the scariest film ever”–and the trailer makes it look like another “scary little girl movie”–it explores grief, loss, trauma, family dynamics and is more disturbing than anything else (I, personally, because of my history, was in a sort of emotional shock when I came out of this film; I could barely drive home). Description from the A24 website:
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
The DD masthead for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Collage by Philip Perron, which explains why there are bigger photos of Bryce Dallas Howard than there are of dinosaurs…
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a lovely foray into dinosaur, volcano, abandoned building and unresolved sexual tension porn, so if you like those things, you’ll enjoy it. It’s certainly not the worst sequel I’ve ever seen (consider Jurassic Park: The Lost World), just keep it in perspective.
A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of both the New England Horror Writers and the Horror Writers Association. Follow her adventures at kristipetersenschoonover.com.
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