It’s fan thoery time!
From the moment details about Ari Aster’s sophomore release, Midsommar began to emerge, uber-fans have been looking for connections to the young filmmaker’s breakout hit Hereditary. Could the creepy cult at the center of Midsommar be a band of Paimon worshipers, like the sinister folks from Aster’s first film?
Aster recently sat down with the folks at Fandango to set the record straight. While acknowledging connections to Hereditary, he’s clear that the two films are not blood relatives.
“There’s nothing as explicit as [worshipping King Paimon]. There’s no Paimon involved. But I would say that [Midsommar] is something of a companion to Hereditary, although the similarities didn’t really occur to me until we were on set. And thematic ties became apparent to me. But nothing so overt as Paimon worshipping.”
Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.
Midsommar stars Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, and Jack Reynor. Look for it in US theaters beginning July 3rd.