Hereditary director Ari Aster summons the pagan spirit of ‘70s classic The Wicker Man in his superb second feature, Midsommar.
Shattered by a family tragedy, Dani (Florence Pugh) joins her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) and his buddies on a trip to a commune in rural Sweden, where they will experience a ceremony that only occurs every 90 years. This unique opportunity soon turns into a nightmare in broad daylight as the dark details of the ancient ritual are revealed. Aster doesn’t trade in jump scares, favouring a relentlessly eerie tone and subtle visual tricks to disquiet the viewer, punctuated by sledgehammer moments of graphic violence and scary nudity. An exquisitely weird, gorgeously realised and frequently grotesque mind trip, Midsommar will get under your skin and stay there.
Note: The Blu-ray release features an extended Director’s Cut version of the film with over 20 minutes of additional footage.
Release Date: November 6, 2019
Format: DVD, Blu-ray
Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter
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