Ari Aster came out swinging with his 2018 feature film debut, Hereditary. Aster had audiences and critics alike buzzing with praise for the film’s complexities and Toni Collette’s stunning performance (I’m still mad that she wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar, to be honest).
Aster’s second film, Midsommar, will also be steeped in the wonderful world of the horror genre, and we cannot wait to see what he has in store for us.
Midsommar has been kept pretty well under-wraps, but production company A24 has started to tease some promotional materials in advance of a trailer release on Tuesday.
So, what do we know so far?
Midsommar – a Scandinavian folk horror – stars Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family), Jack Reynor (Free Fire), Will Poulter (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), and William Jackson Harper (The Good Place).
As revealed early on by The Hollywood Reporter, “The story centers on a young woman, already dealing with the death of her parents, who joins her boyfriend and his friends on a trip to Sweden, specifically to a remote town with unique midsummer traditions. Things go south from there.”
This “apocalyptic breakup movie” will surely explore the extent of how far south one trip can go.
A recent description paints a more specific picture of what madness we can expect; “what begins as an idyllic vacation soon turns into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.”
The imagery in A24’s first animated teaser highlights some girls dancing around a maypole – not looking too joyful, mind you – with a reveal of floral patterns on their clothing.
This second animated teaser feels far more sinister, with runes and symbology featured alongside flaming torches and bleeding eyes. Whatever midsummer ritual this pagan cult is celebrating, it feels foreboding.
Each teaser – and the new poster below – includes a heavy focus on flowers and their growth. As the above teaser becomes more violent, the growth accelerates. This hint of a lush landscape that springs forth from pain is quite enticing. We’ll have to wait until the trailer drops on Tuesday to find out more.
Midsommar will hit theaters on August 9, 2019.