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The Demon Cult Isn’t Even The Scariest Part of ‘Hereditary’

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Writer-director Ari Aster made his movie premiere with Hereditary, a 2018 film that was universally acclaimed by both critics and viewers. It earned the highest score on Metacritic of any 2018 horror movies and is still talked about today by fans of the genre. However, the subtleties that make Hereditary horrifying aren’t what you think.

You Don’t Expect The Supernatural

Hereditary starts out as a drama, with a family grieving after the grandmother has passed away. We see a mother struggling to keep it together for her kids, and the children showing classic signs of depression. Even with some of the first shocking scenes, you don’t really suspect that supernatural beings are involved.

It isn’t until later that the occult overtones become pronounced. You realize that the cult and Paimon are involved with everything, from Charlie’s death to the family’s mental and physical decay. This slow build makes Hereditary truly sickening by the end.

Paimon Is A Real Demon

Paimon, the demon which Ellen Leigh serves, was an actual demon known in 16th-century magic lore. He was referenced in the grimoire The Lesser Key of Solomon, which describes him as one of the Kings of Hell. According to legend, when he is summoned he grants wealth and wishes to those who have brought him to the world.

Paimon is depicted relatively accurately in the movie. His sign even appears in several scenes, and the cult’s methods for summoning him are surprisingly accurate.

The Symbolism Of Inner Demons

Though the actual demon cult is pretty freaky in the film, the symbolism is even darker. Annie, her mother, and her children are all depicted as having a mental illness, or “inner demons,” that they struggle with.

It is not only Ellen’s involvement with the cult but her emotional abuse caused by mental illness, that haunts Annie and is passed down to her grandchildren. These dark undertones bring out not only the supernatural horror but the inner demons that those with mental illness fight every day.

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Meet The Movie Villains Everyone Secretly Agrees With

Movie villains are there to make us feel fear, anger and frustration—in other words, every negative emotion that exists. They are the bad guy, and most films make sure that fact is clear to viewers from the get go. When it isn’t, they do a good job of clarifying later on. But just like in the real world, not everything is so black and white, and sometimes the character who is portrayed as the root of all evil, really isn’t. A closer look at the motives that drive some of the most notorious villains in film often reveals that they’re often not all that bad. Read on, and you’ll discover you probably agree with them.

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It Is Time To Take This Trope Off The Air: 25 Cliches Millennials Are Tired Of

Some plot devices have proven themselves to be tried and true, but these days, we think we can all agree that there’s a trope or two that are just plain tired and we hope Hollywood can agree it’s time to throw them in the trash. We’re just having a hard time believing that these characters in their 20s are living large while working as baristas. And why does no one lock their door? Sure your kooky neighbor can come over unannounced, but so can criminals. So we’d like to take the time to air our hokey Hollywood grievances, and then can we please retire these tropes?

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The Most Memorable TV Death To Date: The Top 25

Grab a box of tissues and steel yourselves, we’re counting down the top 25 most memorable TV deaths of all time. We’ve all sat opposite our television as our jaw dropped in disbelief that the writers would kill off a main character. And we’ve all wept over our favorite character’s untimely demise. But whose passing hit hardest? Well, we assure you we used a very scientific approach in how we ranked our top 25 picks: number of tears shed and tissues used. After reading through we recommend shaking off the sadness with something sweet, perhaps a little tiramisu or maybe a chocolate croissant. But first, did your favorite character crack the top 10?

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