One of this year’s most hotly anticipated horror films comes from Ari Aster, the mastermind behind last year’s Hereditary. Aster and A24 re-team for Midsommar, the sophomore film from Aster that has been described as a “Scandinavian folk horror film” as well as an “apocalyptic breakup movie.” It’s coming in August, and today brings our first look.
The film centers on a Pagan cult festival that only happens once every ninety years, and as you’d probably expect, it’s not a place you’d want to be. In contrast to Hereditary, this one looks brightly lit, taking place mostly in the daytime – but no less, we can be pretty sure, an unnerving nightmare. Think Hereditary meets… The Wicker Man. Preview Midsommar below.
Aster’s new film stars Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and Florence Pugh with Vilhem Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Ellora Torchia and Archie Madekwe.
“Pugh and Reynor will play a couple that travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.”
A24 will release Midsommar in theaters on August 9, 2019.