Monday 15 July 2019

'Pretty sure it was directed by Satan himself' - critics disturbed by Midsommar horror starring Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh

Will Poulter also stars in Ari Aster's follow-up to Hereditary

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Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Critics are raving about the 'nightmarish' new horror from director Ari Aster following its highly anticipated US premiere on Tuesday.

English actress Florence Pugh stars as Dani, a young woman who is grieving following a family tragedy and who is in a troubled relationship with Christian, played by Irish star Jack Reynor.

Christian is planning a trip to the remote Swedish Midsommar festival with his two friends (Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, and Vilhelm Blomgren) who are not fans of Dani and are horrified when Christian invites her to join them.

However, soon after they arrive it becomes clear that some of the festivities they are invited to partake in with the villagers are, at best, sinister.

Aster's debut feature Hereditary, which starred Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne, was hailed as one of the most frightening films of 2018, and according to early reactions, the American filmmaker has followed up with an equally disturbing frightener.

Bloody Disgusting‘s Trace Thurman called the film “a mind-f*** of the highest order” while FreshFictionTV's preston Barta, quipped: "[I'm] pretty sure it was directed by Satan himself."

"I felt sick, I felt joy - I felt so much," tweeted Nerdist's reviewer as Slash's flim critic Chris Evangelista described it as "an absolute crowd pleaser".  Another critic for Slash added, "Aster has gifted a new generation their The Wicker Man".

The Hollywood Reporter's review says it is "more unsettling than frightening" while IndiWire describes Midsommar as "actually a perverse breakup movie" and this tallies with Aster's own insight into the movie's origin.

Speaking at the US screening, Aster said, “I wrote Midsommar while I was going through a breakup, four years ago. Now it’s a movie. This is, down to the last detail, exactly what happened.”

 

Midsommar is Jack Reynor's first live action film since On the Basis of Sex, which released last year. He also voiced Brother Wolf in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle and played Jack Parsons in TV series Strange Angels.

The film releases in the UK and Ireland on July 5.  Here's the full, unsettling, trailer:

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