Director Ari Aster’s 2018 feature film debut Hereditary starring Toni Collette put the director on the map, and now he’s back with another spooky movie titled Midsommar. Reviews and reactions have started to appear for Midsommar ahead of its theatrical release, and appears Aster hasn’t suffered a sophomore slump but instead put together another excellent horror film.
Midsommar was screened at a premiere tonight, and reactions have poured in remarking that it’s a terrifying and unique film based on Aster’s own life and specifically was inspired by a break-up he went through. We’ve collected a series of Twitter reactions that you can see below.
Writer-director Jordan Peele, known for his own disturbing movies like Get Out and Us, saw a very early cut of Midsommar and remarked in the Fangoria magazine that it’s set to become the “most iconic pagan movie” ever.
Midsommar opens in theaters on July 3. It stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, and William Jackson Harper.
I’m extremely envious of everyone who gets to see MIDSOMMAR for the first time … because you are in for one incredibly mondo-fucked up experience.
— David Fear (@davidlfear) June 19, 2019
MIDSOMMAR will do for Swedish pagan solstice rituals what Psycho did for showers. a psychedelic fairy tale about ridding oneself of fear and pain — absolutely delightful from its nightmare of an opening to its floral purge of a finale. 💐🌞💐
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) June 19, 2019
Had about an hour to process #Midsommar and Ari Aster sure likes to analyze grief. He can also shoot the hell out of a movie — can’t remember a recent movie that was as beautiful as this one. Complete mind fuck.
— Beatrice Verhoeven (@bverhoev) June 19, 2019
It sounds cliche to say you’ve never seen anything like it before, but holy shit. MIDSOMMAR is absolutely insane in all the best ways.
— Matt Shiv (@shivvy) June 19, 2019
MIDSOMMAR: a wickedly funny romp with Ugly Americans and Freaky Swedes in the woods, a premium cut of one of my favorite subgenres (daytime horror), and just so confidently made. Ari Aster takes the very idea of a sophmore slump and sets it ablaze
— David Sims (@davidlsims) June 19, 2019
I had to pee for the entirety of MIDSOMMAR’s runtime and I stuck out the whole thing, that’s how good and weird it is
— EMMAR Stefansky (@stefabsky) June 19, 2019
MIDSOMMAR: Psychologically fragile tourists meet a full blast of Swedish folk horror, mounted by Ari Aster at the peak of his atmospheric powers. No director in horror is working at his level of choreography, the daring of his alienating moments. What a weird spell this is.
— Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf) June 19, 2019
MIDSOMMAR: Great date movie.
— Sean Fennessey (@SeanFennessey) June 19, 2019
Things that are great about MIDSOMMAR:
1. Florence Pugh.
2. Henrik Svensson’s next-level production design.
3. Pawel Pogorzelski’s slow, steady camera that lulls you into a state of calm.
4. Ari Aster meditating intensely about trauma and loss in the most fucked up ways.
— Neil (@rejects) June 19, 2019
May I just say? Midsommar will easily be one of my favorite films of 2019. @AriAster is not only skilled as a horror filmmaker but in this film emerges as an American answer to Von Trier or Haneke. I had a blast Q&Aing tonight. Thx @A24!! https://t.co/KsMWqjbkQ7
— Leslye Headland (@LeslyeHeadland) June 19, 2019
Midsommar is a hilarious rom-com romp and also the most disturbing horror I’ve seen in ages. It can be two things.
— Tom Philip’s dumb (@tommphilip) June 19, 2019