How do you top one of the scariest films of 2018? By following it up with an even weirder pagan cult horror film in 2019. In the trailer for Ari Aster’s Midsommar, the Hereditary director takes the weirdness level to 100.
Aster told Fandango earlier this year that the film, which he is calling an adult fairy tale (and not a horror film per se), is his version of a relationship drama. “The hope is take what would otherwise be your standard issue relationship-in-trouble drama where the couple go on a trip, which is always the weird thing to do if your relationship is on shaky legs,” Aster said. “It’s in the same ballpark as having a child to save your relationship. It sort of takes that germ and then kind of blows it up and allows it to grow into some operatic, extremely heightened surreal places.”
Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairy-tale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.
Despite what he may or may not be calling Midsommar, it looks genuinely terrifying. Thankfully, the trailer doesn’t give away enough to reveal the true intent of the mysterious and bizarre festival.
Over the last few years, A24 has delivered some of the best independent horror films, such as The Witch, It Comes at Night and Green Room. Hopefully, Midsommar can be added to the long list of greats. The film, which is around two hours and 20 minutes long, is directed by Ari Aster and stars Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, and William Jackson Harper.