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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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How Historically Accurate Are Hollywood’s Biggest Epics?

Have you ever wondered how historically accurate Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster epics are? We’ve done the research (and paid attention in our high school history class) and we’re ready to give out grades. But even though a lot of films mix fact with fiction for the sake of the story, most of these historical heavyweights have won countless awards so you know they’re worth a watch.

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Here’s Everything You Missed From “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 11 Finale

The season finale of RuPaul's Drag Race season 11 left us both shocked and satisfied as Yvie Oddly was crowned America's Next Drag Superstar. Yvie's daring, avant-garde drag style and free spirit certainly earned her the top spot, however there was much more that went on behind the scenes that fans wish they could have seen. Sources from ET have spilled...

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These Popular TV Shows Perfectly Represent The States They’re Set In

No matter how different they might be, every television show has always pushed to accomplish one thing, and that’s to transport us away from our “here and now.” However, sometimes these shows coincidentally take us no further than our own backyards. It’s always a thrill to switch on your favorite shows and catch your favorite actors walking through your city center. Read on to see which of the most popular TV shows made the cut for perfectly representing the states they’re set in.

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