Turning family drama of Hereditary into horror

(From left) Milly Shapiro, Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and Alex Wolff in Hereditary.
(From left) Milly Shapiro, Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne and Alex Wolff in Hereditary.PHOTO: WASHINGTON POST

Ari Aster wanted to make a movie about grief and trauma, but it was easier to finance a horror film

For an actress who does not like horror films, Toni Collette has quite a pedigree in the genre. The 45-year-old Australian earned an Academy Award nomination for her role in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense (1999) and is now racking up critical plaudits for her latest outing, the blood-chilling Hereditary.

"With The Sixth Sense and Hereditary, there was a sense that we were making something special," she says at Covent Garden Hotel in London. "Both film-makers were at the beginning of their careers and both stories are classic family dramas that have a twist of sorts."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2018, with the headline 'Turning a family drama into horror'. Print Edition | Subscribe