“Hereditary” and the Horror of Mental Illness

Ari Aster’s 2018 film “Hereditary” speaks to those who suffer from mental illness on a deep and upsetting level.



In our wolfish circuits, I struggle to find you; lost amidst the cries of the people, I claw my way through the roiling naked bodies and fleshy unions that mark our sacred day. The sound of goatskin cracking against bare backs in the hot sun; the cries of the crowd, ecstatic–

Dies Febratus! Dies Febratus!