What we’ve seen so far of Ari Aster’s follow-up to Hereditary, Midsommar, has been compared to the likes of The Wicker Man with any assuming the film will be part of the folk horror subgenre–but not so fast. While Aster previously described Midsommar as an apocalyptic break-up movie and “The Wizard of Oz for perverts,” he most recently told Entertainment Weekly there’s really nothing that parallels what he’s got coming down the pike.
“The film is definitely mining the same vein as Wicker Man was working, but as a piece of folk-horror, it’s pretty irreverent in that it doesn’t really stay comfortably on that route. That’s why I’m making sure to describe it as a fairytale. It’s not a million miles away from something like Alice in Wonderland. It’s a psychedelic film. But there are no solid [comparisons] that I can hand you. I’m hoping that the film feels pretty singular and is a trip.”
The article included an exclusive “First Look” at the creepy cult in Midsommar gathering to break bread. Check it out below, followed by the film’s synopsis and trailer.
A young woman reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip where things quickly go awry.
Midsommar stars Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, and William Jackson Harper; look for it to hit US theaters beginning August 9th.