“Midsommar” Is ‘Wizard of Oz For Perverts’

Midsommar Poster Trailer Hits Tuesday

After the massive critical success and strong commercial success of “Hereditary,” a lot of people are keeping an eye on filmmaker Ari Aster’s next project “Midsommar”.

In a new interview with Vulture, Aster says those expected “Hereditary 2” will be disappointed as this isn’t as much an outright horror film even if it gets unsettling and macabre at points.

The project has previously been dubbed ‘Scandinavian folk horror’ focusing on a ‘pagan cult’ and, combined with the vague first trailer, has led to obvious “The Wicker Man” comparisons. Appearing at the Metrograph Anniversary Party this week, he was asked how it compares to “Hereditary” he replied:

“It’s a breakup movie, in the same way that Hereditary is a family tragedy. It’s less overtly a horror movie, but it’s still working in that same space. It’s very macabre. But people shouldn’t go in expecting Hereditary.”

Then asked “Is it your Mamma Mia?” to which he laughingly replied: “Yeah, sure, I’d say so. It’s a Wizard of Oz for perverts.” Aster also agreed that Toni Collette should have won an Oscar for her “Hereditary” performance, but understands the snub: “Of course, she was snubbed. It’s a horror film – and those are kind of traditionally maligned by the industry.”

“Midsommar” is set to hit cinemas on August 9th.