Horror in Color: Film Reviews, Remi Weekes’s (2020) His House & Ari Aster’s (2018) Hereditary

Tony Robert Cochran

Remi Weekes’s (2020) film His House is a daunting masterpiece of cinematic horror. And Ari Aster’s (2018) horror film Hereditary does its job; it scares the hell out of its audience. These two films have commonalities; both of them revolve around an outside force that manifests itself through the death of a child. There are, of course, deeper layers that separate the two deaths: the uniqueness of each child’s history and the disparate socioeconomic and racial systems leading to each of the children’s deaths. Both deaths have an eerie, yet distant – physically – relation to the other. In His House, Bol (Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù) and Rial (Wunmi Mosaku) escape war-torn South Sudan, yet in order to get out alive Bol commits an unspeakable act. Later their daughter, Nyagak drowns in the Mediterranean crossing.

In a repeated series of poignant and evocative scenes, Bol has horrible flashbacks to the night when…

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