Why We Enjoy Being Traumatized By Horror Films Like ‘Hereditary’ [Adjust Your Tracking Podcast]


We just can’t get enough of the all-consuming cinematic high that only comes from a really good horror film…

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I talk about horror cinema as a vessel for dealing with difficult subject matter, and how that can actually be entertaining. The new A24 release “Hereditary” has already made waves, first as a Sundance sensation (read The Playlist’s glowing review from the fest here) and new entry into the often highly praised modern “arthouse horror” canon (“It Follows,” “The Witch,” “The Babadook” et al.), now as a modest box office hit that also earned a D+ Cinemascore from opening weekend audiences. It’s a film that demands your attention and more than earns it with impeccable cinematography, strong direction and a perfect cast, led by Toni Collette in a performance that hits a ton of different notes, all of them brilliant, painful and startling. (start the Oscar campaign now A24.)

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The rest of this episode we tie in a new edition of HOLD UP to look back at the 1987 domestic horror film, “The Stepfather,” starring John Locke himself, Terry O’Quinn, in a very strong early career performance. It’s a rather nice fit with our main topic of discussion. Also, forget that remake from 2009 and stick with this original.

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