Acclaimed actor Alex Wolff has no limitations when it comes to acting in different film genres, including the action comedies “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and its sequel; the biographical drama “My Friend Dahmer”; the romantic comedy “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”; and his new film, the Nicolas Cage character drama “Pig.” Wolff has also dabbled in horror, starring opposite Toni Collette in the 2018 indie smash “Hereditary.”
Written and directed by Ari Aster, “Hereditary” stars Collette as Annie, a grieving mother who turns to seances to communicate with the spirit of her young daughter, Charlie (Milly Shapiro), who died in a tragic accident involving her older brother, Peter (Wolff). The film has its share of grisly scenes, like the aftermath of the car accident in which Peter is driving and Charlie is beheaded (punctuated by Annie’s blood-curdling scream when she discovers Charlie’s body). “Hereditary” also delves deep into psychological horror, as the traumatized teen is haunted by the presence of his sister. Worse yet, when Annie becomes consumed by the occult, Peter witnesses a shocking event involving his mother.
“Hereditary” had such of an effect on viewers that it was showered with accolades from major critic groups in Boston, Chicago, London, and Los Angeles, a rarity for a film in the horror genre. But audiences and critics weren’t the only people on whom “Hereditary” had a lasting effect.