This story contains spoilers for the movie Hereditary.
For Milly Shapiro, making one of the most gruesome, disturbing cinematic moments of the year was "fun." As Charlie, the youngest member of the ill-fated Graham family in this summer's indie horror hit Hereditary, Shapiro is an unnerving presence, wielding a masterful dead-eyed glare and making some seriously creepy arts and crafts projects. On the phone, she's a cheerily chatty 15-year-old even when the subject matter happens to be demons and severed heads.
Oh, yes, about that. By the end of the film -- once the demon Paimon's will has been done -- heads are rolling like bowling balls, but Charlie's is the first to go. Her mother Annie (Toni Collette) insists that her stoner brother Peter (Alex Wolff) bring her to party where she sulks and eats a piece of cake that sends her into anaphylactic shock. (It's already been established that Charlie has both a sweet tooth and a very bad nut allergy.) As Peter rushes her to the hospital erratically, she writhes, gasping for air out the window in the backseat of his car. Swerving on the barren road, her head makes contact with a telephone pole. The next we see of it, it's detached from her body, covered in ants.