'Hereditary' Was Originally THREE HOURS LONG But You'll Never See The Deleted Footage

18 June 2018, 14:03

Toni Collette as Annie Graham in Hereditary
Picture: A24

By Katie Louise Smith

Another HOUR of that?! Absolutely not.

At just over two hours in length, 2018's surprise box office hit Hereditary is already pretty long for a horror movie. Honestly, if it was any longer, we're sure the majority of the audience would probably end up in hospital with a slew of stress related illnesses and high blood pressure.

But did you know? The original cut of the film was over THREE hours long and an extra hour of footage was cut from the final version of the film?! Yep, director Ari Aster has revealed that a full sixty minutes was removed from film – and (thankfully?) we'll probably never ever get to see it.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Aster said: "The script was very detailed and very clear. It was originally longer than it is now. The original cut was three hours long." He also told The Hollywood Reporter that at least thirty scenes had been cut out of the film, never to be seen again.

We honestly can't decide if that's a good or a bad thing...


Hereditary, which stars Toni Collette as grieving mother Annie and Alex Wolff as her traumatised son Peter, is jam packed with terrifying visuals and tense build-ups and it ends just at the right time. Another hour of it would have probably been a liiiiittle bit too much for both the audience and the storyline.

But if you were expecting that big juicy three-hour-long director's cut of the film to be released on Blu-Ray, you're gonna be waiting for a pretty looooong time... because we're never going to see it. Ever.

When asked by Digital Spy if he would ever release a director's cut, Aster said: "No. I'm happy enough with how it plays. Whatever is missing, the film survives without it. This is, I think, the definitive cut of the film."

So there you have it. Get ready to spend the rest of your life wondering what kind of twisted and harrowing stuff could have possibly been cut from the film because it sounds like we'll never find out. More footage of Toni Collette screaming into the darkness? Probably. More beheadings? Please no. More people being set on fire? *screams* More tongue-popping? Nooooo, thank you. Absolutely not. It's a no from me.