Ari Aster's "Midsommar" — release date, cast, trailer, theories

Midsommar dir. Ari Aster 2019

Hereditary director Ari Aster teases Midsommar with a brand new trailer.

Emerging filmmaker Ari Aster is set to stun audiences with Midsommar. His 2018 directorial feature debut  - Hereditary - absolutely terrified audiences, with many critics hailing it as a modern horror masterpiece. Striking while the iron is hot, Aster has wasted no time in rolling out his second feature, the intriguing Midsommar

Most audiences were impressed with Hereditary as it's undeniably a solid and very promising debut. However, it's a film which began very hauntingly and gradually escalated into a brigade of horror tropes and familiar sequences. In the end, the film that promised something new revealed itself to be a very skilled showcase of what the genre has long had to offer, itself offering nothing new. Aster is no doubt a very skilled filmmaker and exhibiting a real grasp of the horror genre so early in his career is testament to that. Now, we want to discover what makes him unique. 

 The trailer for Midsommar dropped recently and Hereditary fans are preparing for something special. Honestly, it's a pretty effective trailer and teases a visual feast. Perhaps the most alluring promise Aster is making with Midsommar is a gorgeous colour palette - the visuals look spectacular. Although the narrative details are kept to a minimum here, we already know to expect a couple involving themselves in a potentially dangerous summer festival. The trailer is quick to confirm this. However, it's hard to decipher whether this will be a horror film, or rather, a psychological one. There are visuals of a man breathing in the rising steam from a mysterious mixture, accompanied by narration: "You can't speak, you can't move, but this opens you up to the influence and it breaks down your defences."

Along with this, certain psychedelic imagery and bright colours suggest that this could be a hallucinatory experience; if this is the case, there are no rules. Nothing to restrict Aster's nightmarish vision. Could we be witnessing the interiors of the couple's mind while on a drug? All we can do is speculate, but the trailer - as the best ones do - has gotten us contemplating. Hopefully, it's not a generic retread of something like Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man or Gareth Evans' Apostle. Fortunately, this doesn't look to be the case. We want Aster to blow us away with some originality and Midsommar may just be the film to secure him as one of horror's brightest new hopes. Here's everything we know so far:

Midsommar Cast: 

Florence Pugh - Dani

Will Poulter - Josh

William Jackson Harper - Mark

Jack Reynor - Christian

Julia Ragnarsson - (unknown)

Anna Åström - Karin

Björn Andrésen - Dan

Liv Mjönes - Ulla

Henrik Norlén - Ulf

Louise Peterhoff - Hanna

Archie Madekwe - Ingemar

Ellora Torchia - (unknown)

Isabelle Grill - Maja 

Rebecka Johnston - Ulrika

Gunnel Fred - Siv

Midsommar Crew: 

Director: Ari Aster

Writer: Ari Aster

Producers:

Patrik Andersson - Producer

Scott E. Chester - Line Producer: SLC Unit

Beau Ferris - Co-Producer

Fredrik Heinig - Executive Producer

Lars Knudsen - Producer

Pelle Nilsson - Executive Producer

Jeffrey Penman - Associate Producer

Ben Rimmer - Executive Producer

Tintin Scheynius - Associate Producer

Philip Westgren - Executive Producer

CinematographyPawel Pogorzelski

EditingLucian Johnston

Release Details

Where to watch: Theatrical Release

When to Watch: August 9, 2019

Synopsis: "The story follows a young couple visiting an isolated Swedish village; over the course of their vacation, they discover that its residents participate in an eccentric set of seasonal traditions. The recent death of the main character's parents casts a sense of dread over the proceedings."

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