Ari Aster, the writer-director behind last year’s buzzed-about horror film Hereditary (I’m still peeved Toni Collette didn’t get an Oscar nom for her performance there), returns with another unsettling film, Midsommar.
The plot follows a couple, Dani (Florence Pugh, Fighting with My Family) and Christian (Jack Reynor, Sing Street), who are being kept together by a family tragedy that she suffers. She decides to invite herself to a midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village that Christian and his friends are heading to. No prizes for guessing that, well, everything goes to hell.
Looks like Aster’s going the cult route again here, as the villagers take our tourists through some of their dark rituals. And as the trailer reveals, one member of the group knew more than they were letting on. There’s a refreshing sun-filled angle here, promising all manner of unsettling mayhem will be taking place in a beautiful locale where everything can be seen.
Midsommar, also starring William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Archie Madekwe, Ellora Torchia, and Will Poulter, hits the US on July 3 and arrives in Australia on August 8.
Official synopsis for Midsommar:
Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) 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 fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.