Top 26 Hereditary Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Hereditary facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Hereditary film message.

The demon King Paimon can be shown manipulating events by a shimmering blue light, present in the background of this scene.

Joan conducts a s?ance to reach out to her dead son and brings out his old chalkboard, supposedly one of his favorite toys, to help communicate. In the previous scene, one can glimpse the chalkboard in Joan's car just freshly bought, foreshadowing how the s?ance is a ruse.
Joan conducts a s?ance to reach out to her dead son and brings out his old chalkboard, supposedly one of his favorite toys, to help communicate. In the previous scene, one can glimpse the chalkboard in Joan's car just freshly bought, foreshadowing how the s?ance is a ruse.

Hereditary Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - The closing credits showcase a letter turning red, then dropping down to fill in the next cast member's name. This represents the passing down of genes in the form of letters, a process called heredity.
    The closing credits showcase a letter turning red, then dropping down to fill in the next cast member's name. This represents the passing down of genes in the form of letters, a process called heredity.
  • 1 - Paimon's insignia is ingrained on the telephone pole, before the accident, suggesting it was pre-planned
    Paimon's insignia is ingrained on the telephone pole, before the accident, suggesting it was pre-planned
  • 1 - In Charlie's drawing of the bird's head, the nose resembles a pair of scissors, which she used to cut it off.
    In Charlie's drawing of the bird's head, the nose resembles a pair of scissors, which she used to cut it off.
  • 1 - If you look closely at the bottom of the poster, you can see What looks like another miniature, secretly spoiling the end of the film before they even walk in.
    If you look closely at the bottom of the poster, you can see What looks like another miniature, secretly spoiling the end of the film before they even walk in.

Hereditary Hidden Details

In 'Hereditary' when the shock cut transitions from dusk to night, if you look closely you can see the house is completely surrounded.

1 - The illustration of Paimon shows him holding a staff with a finger pointing. This same arm position is seen when Peter puts his arm into the air before he smashes his face in the desk.
The illustration of Paimon shows him holding a staff with a finger pointing. This same arm position is seen when Peter puts his arm into the air before he smashes his face in the desk.
1 - Peter's friend in the blue hoodie can be seen bowing at the ending. Similar to the shot of the grandmother feeding Charlie a baby bottle with a black herb and the herb Annie finds in her tea at Joan's, it's likely the weed was laced with the same herb to aid the possession.
Peter's friend in the blue hoodie can be seen bowing at the ending. Similar to the shot of the grandmother feeding Charlie a baby bottle with a black herb and the herb Annie finds in her tea at Joan's, it's likely the weed was laced with the same herb to aid the possession.
1 - A funeral attendee can be seen later on in the film
A funeral attendee can be seen later on in the film

When switching from day to night during the final scenes, naked people can be seen surrounding the house.

1 - I was confused of why would teenagers at a party watch a silent film, but it was a scene of Guillotine beheading someone, decapitation is a running theme in Hereditary (2018).
I was confused of why would teenagers at a party watch a silent film, but it was a scene of Guillotine beheading someone, decapitation is a running theme in Hereditary (2018).

Alex Wolff wanted to break his own nose when he slammed his head on the desk. Ari Aster politely told him he didn't have to do that, and that they'd give him a cushioned desk. When they shot the scene, only the top half was made out of foam and Wolff dislocated his jaw on it.

1 - The blue paint that spills on Joan's phone number slip (thereby reminding Annie of it) falls over on its own, as if pushed by an outside force.
The blue paint that spills on Joan's phone number slip (thereby reminding Annie of it) falls over on its own, as if pushed by an outside force.
1 - Joan has a character break early on. When Annie puts a crumb from the corner of her mouth on a saucer she looks at it in disgust for a split second
Joan has a character break early on. When Annie puts a crumb from the corner of her mouth on a saucer she looks at it in disgust for a split second
1 - A sketch of King Paimon reveals the three decapitations he requires.
A sketch of King Paimon reveals the three decapitations he requires.
1 - When Charlie and her brother are driving to the party the camera focuses in on the telephone poll that would eventually kill her. You can faintly see the symbol of her Grandmother's satanic cult along the side of the poll, signifying that this beheading was all part of their plan.
When Charlie and her brother are driving to the party the camera focuses in on the telephone poll that would eventually kill her. You can faintly see the symbol of her Grandmother's satanic cult along the side of the poll, signifying that this beheading was all part of their plan.

A body is discovered because it attracts a swarm of flies. This is cut with a classroom scene where they are discussing the Greek legend of Agamemnon - a story that features a city which the gods had cursed with a plague of flies. (More details w/spoilers in text)

1 - Peter's teachers talk about how Heracles and Agamemnon are puppets of the gods, and are tragic figures because they have no control of their fates. The movie's key scenes are filmed like looking into a dollhouse to emphasize the character's lack of agency and control of events
Peter's teachers talk about how Heracles and Agamemnon are puppets of the gods, and are tragic figures because they have no control of their fates. The movie's key scenes are filmed like looking into a dollhouse to emphasize the character's lack of agency and control of events

A late scene's music is made to sound the way it's described in books about the film's revealed source of events

1 - Two girls at the party are watching a silent movie that features a guillotine, which is an obvious foreshadowing of Charlie's untimely end in the next scene.
Two girls at the party are watching a silent movie that features a guillotine, which is an obvious foreshadowing of Charlie's untimely end in the next scene.
1 - The mom wears a hand brace so she can be more stable when painting.
The mom wears a hand brace so she can be more stable when painting.
1 - Peter and Charlie pass what appears to be the only utility pole for miles. We see the symbol from the g-ma's necklace burned into it. When Charlie inspects the same pole as they race to the hospital the symbol can be seen again for a split second.
Peter and Charlie pass what appears to be the only utility pole for miles. We see the symbol from the g-ma's necklace burned into it. When Charlie inspects the same pole as they race to the hospital the symbol can be seen again for a split second.

Annie reads a certain green book.

1 - Annie tells Charlie that her grandmother "...wouldnt let me feed you because she needed to feed you" was literal
Annie tells Charlie that her grandmother "...wouldnt let me feed you because she needed to feed you" was literal
Hereditary poster
Hereditary poster

Hereditary Plot

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Hereditary. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director Ari Aster
Production Windy Hill Pictures
Stars Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne, Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro
IMDB score 7.3