If you thought last summer’s Hereditary was an uncomfortable experience, wait until you see Midsommar, the new film from Ari Aster, the writer-director of last summer’s horror surprise. Studio A24 dropped a brand new trailer for the film, and to call it disturbing is an understatement.
Aster’s use for violin music and his amazing blocking and scene set ups are just enough to create a sense of dread, even as the events are happening in the light of day, under a warm sun and blue skies. It takes a master to do that, and Ari Aster may have just laid claim to that title in this, his second full-length feature.
Did we mention this is only a trailer?
A24 explains Midsommar as follows
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.”
Midsommar stars Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family), Jack Reynor (Sing Street), William Jackson Harper (TV’s The Good Place), Archie Madekwe (Teen Spirit), and Will Poulter (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch). It was written and directed by Ari Aster.
The new trailer is the second scary trailer to hit in a week’s time after last Thursday’s release of the IT: Chapter Two trailer made hearts race and underpants soiled. The horror genre is gearing up for a frightening run this year, and we haven’t even seen a new trailer for Annabelle: Comes Home, but the first one was pretty darn chilling.
Midsommar will be in theaters on July 3. Check back for continuing coverage of this and other films as the summer movie season gets underway.