“Hereditary” director Ari Aster returns with his next feature “Midsommar” this summer, a film that from the trailers has a kind of “Wicker Man” vibe as it follows a couple in the midst of a bad breakup who go on vacation to a Swedish festival.
Recently, filmmaker Jordan Peele (“Us,” “Get Out”) interviewed Aster for the new issue of Fangoria and EW scored an excerpt from that interview in which Peele has nothing but high praise for the new film, saying it contains the “most atrociously disturbing imagery” he’s ever seen. He goes on to say:
“I think you’ve made the most idyllic horror film of all time. You’ve taken Stepford Wives and shattered the attractiveness of that movie with this one. That alone is a feat. Also, there are some obvious comps out there, but this movie is just so unique. This hasn’t existed yet, and anything after Midsommar is going to have to contend with it. I mean, this usurps The Wicker Man as the most iconic pagan movie to be referenced.”
Peele adds that the film plays “a weird sleight of hand, where it transcends the horror of itself”. Aster however tempers Peele’s gushing saying: “I guess it does belong to the folk horror space. But I guess what it’s trying to do is establish footing on that path, and then proceed in a way that is anathema to what you’re expecting…I’ve been happy saying it’s a breakup movie dressed in the clothes of a folk horror film.”
“Midsommar” opens July 3rd in cinemas everywhere.