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The Trailer for the Most Intense Horror Movie of 2018 Is Super Upsetting

'Hereditary' received rave reviews at Sundance, and the first trailer makes it easy to see why.

When Hereditary, the new horror movie from the producers of Split and The Witch, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, critics were terrified and delighted. One critic said it was “so disquieting, you’ll be gasping for air in the theater,” while USA Today called it “insane.” There wasn’t an official trailer for the movie at the time, so we had to take their word for it. But on Tuesday, the first trailer hit the web, and it’s easy to see why everyone was raving about it, because this movie looks really, really intense and unsettling.

The official synopsis for the A24 film, which was written and directed by the rookie Ari Aster, lays out the plot like this:

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.

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The trailer is light on plot details other than that there is something wrong with the family, and something is haunting them, somehow, after the death of Toni Collette’s mother. But, it makes up for that with gobs of really horrifying imagery. Milly Shapiro, who plays the family’s young daughter, might just go down as the creepiest horror movie kid of all time, because she looks and acts in a really upsetting way. She’s quiet, sunken-eyed, and, uh, cutting the heads off of dead birds. There’s also immolation and a dollhouse motif that’s effectively disconcerting.


Hereditary will hit theaters on June 8, 2018.

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'Avengers: Endgame' Quantum Realm Theories May Be Focused on the Wrong Hero

Here's why Doctor Strange is the actual key to unlocking the Quantum Realm.

The Quantum Realm is all but confirmed to play a huge role in Avengers: Endgame, and that’s led everyone to assume Ant-Man is a key part of how the remaining Avengers will defeat Thanos. But what if another character is actually far more important when it comes to whatever quantum shenanigans occur in Endgame? What if it’s actually Doctor Strange who leads the way? After all, he’s already been to the Quantum Realm once before.

'Star Wars: Episode IX' Leak Seemingly Confirmed by Official Set Photo

The Star Wars: Episode IX title is still a mystery, but on Friday, fans got their first official look at the new movie courtesy of director J.J. Abrams. The image, which shows Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in an emotional embrace is meant to mark the last day of filming for the latest Star Wars movie, but it might also confirm a pretty huge Episode 9 leak from earlier this week.

'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Premiere Is Missing One Very Important Character

Winter has arrived in Westeros, but the Night King may be missing in action when Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres this April. A full cast list of the first episode of the show’s final season leaked this week, and while it’s full of surprising characters we didn’t expect to see again, one major absence may be even more telling.

'Fortnite' Season 8 Map Changes Coming as Earthquakes Rip Up the Island

We could be looking at a whole new map very soon.

Rumbling deep below the surface of the Fortnite: Battle Royale island is the secret that could reshape the entire map before Season 8. There’s a lot more than just the Overtime challenges to keep us busy for the rest of the month.

Players have been reporting seismic activity in the form of in-game earthquakes in Fortnite for about a week already, and things began to get more dire Thursday and Friday as huge cracks began to emerge in the ground at various locations. The first seemingly formed Thursday southwest of Tomato Temple, a second formed north of Tomato Temple, and the third emerged overnight near Lazy Links.

'Alita: Battle Angel' Ending Cameo Was "Tough Casting" That Sets Up Sequel

There is a surprise waiting at the end of Alita: Battle Angel. The new sci-fi movie from Robert Rodriguez, based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga Gunnm, has a previously unannounced celebrity and former Marvel actor playing one of the movie’s biggest roles. But who? And, most importantly, why?

In interviews with director Robert Rodriguez, he revealed that the surprise casting is meant to lock in capable actors for big roles in future Alita sequels, which was a lot tougher to pull off than it looks. (Maybe not as tough as motorball, but still.)