'Hereditary’s’ Alex Wolff Thinks He’s Suffering From PTSD After Filming The Movie

8 June 2018, 16:03

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Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

The actor, who plays Peter in the "scariest movie of all time" says he was in a 'raw and volatile' state during shooting.

In case you haven't heard, there's a brand new horror movie out in theatres this week called Hereditary and it's so horrifying that even the actors who starred in it are still shook.

The film, which hits US cinemas this week (June 8), has been already been called the "scariest horror movie ever made" with critics claiming it left them shaking and scared to turn the lights off in their own homes. Some even called it "emotional terrorism".

And it's not just the audience who are still reeling from the traumatising visuals and f*cked up storyline... Alex Wolff, who plays Peter, the teenage son of Toni Colette's character Annie, recently revealed to Vice that thinks he has PTSD from the shoot.

In an interview with Vice, Wolff (who you'll also recognise from My Friend Dahmer with Ross Lynch) told of the emotional and mental effect the movie had on him after filming.

"It stuck with me while we were filming, and it stuck with me well after. When I started talking about it, all these flashes with all this disturbing shit I went through sorta came back in a flood," he said.

"It kept me up at night to where I got into a habit of emotional masochism at that point of just trying to take in every negative feeling I could draw from. I forced it upon myself rather than the opposite of what you’d usually do in life, which is sit on the heater until it starts to burn and you jump up immediately. I had to do the exact opposite of that and absorb the pain and let it burn. It’s a reverse emotional thing. It’s hard to describe eloquently, it’s just a feeling. I don’t think you can go through something like this and not have some sort of PTSD afterwards."

Wolff even revealed that, after rewatching the movie, he doesn't even remember some of the scenes he shot because it was THAT emotionally draining.

"Yeah, I mean it’s weird. I watched it the first time and I was like, holy shit, I don’t remember shooting that scene. (laughs) I’m not even kidding, I was like, what the fuck is going on? I don’t even remember that 100%, it’s strange how that could all work."

If that's not an indication of how traumatising this movie is, then what is?!

Hereditary will be released in the US on June 8 and June 15, if you're in the UK. Go and see it, if you dare.