Ari Ater’s follow-up to Hereditary, Midsommar, is now playing in theaters nationwide. It landed a hard R rating for “disturbing ritualistic violence and grisly images, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, and language.” It turns out, the first cust Aster and A24 submitted to the MPAA was slapped with an NC-17 (which certainly would have put a damper on the film’s box office draw).
The revelation came from Aster himself who recently participated in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit. It took six weeks of cutting and negotiating for Midsommar to finally enter R-territory (by the skin of its teeth).
If you’re wondering what was cut, Aster also stated that he’s currently assembling a director’s cut of Midsommar, one that will include at least 30 minutes of additional footage. For now, we can only imagine the horrors that await us!
If you’ve yet to see Midsommar for yourself, check it out in theaters while you still can. Give the synopsis and trailer a look-see below.
A couple travel to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled midsummer festival, but what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Midsommar stars Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, and Jack Reynor.
Have you seen Midsommar yet? Would you like to see Aster’s Director’s Cut with 30 minutes of additional footage? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.