'Hereditary' Director Ari Aster's 'Midsommar' Takes 'The Wicker Man' To Coachella

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Hereditary director Ari Aster is back with Midsommar, his follow-up to the tongue-clicking devil-cult phenomenon, and judging by the new trailer it’s equal parts The Wicker Man, Kill List and Eurotrip.

The set-up, then: a couple, Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor), are bickering and on the verge of breaking up, with Christian keen to grab his massive backpack and head over to Sweden to celebrate Midsommar with his slightly untrustworthy-looking Swedish mate and a few other bros – they include William Jackson Harper, AKA Chidi from The Good Place, and Will Poulter, who it’s always nice to see.

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Anyway, they’re all buzzed to go and check out this lovely bucolic get-together, which sounds a bit like a Camra cider festival, until Creepy Swede mentions that it’s “sort of a crazy… [with] special ceremonies and dressing up”. Still, that doesn’t sound too dissimilar to the late-70s Glastonbury or the deeper reaches of Bestival.

Then, some unnamed tragedy happens to Dani and to try to get her out of the funk, she’s roped into the Midsommar gang. So, everyone heads off to Sweden and finds an extremely The Wicker Man-style cult vibe waiting for them. There are flowing dresses, goats running around, a density of flaxen-haired maidens, wooden huts and what looks like a gigantic Maypole.

'Hereditary' Director Ari Aster's 'Midsommar' Takes 'The Wicker Man' To Coachella

Then things take a turn. There are what looks like psychotropic drinks going round, scream therapy sessions, blood smeared across a rune-covered stone, a bear being disembowelled and a tiny face reflected in a mirror. One Swedish bloke says, “we only do this every 90 years”. But what? Watch Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again back to back? Sacrifice an innocent to placate the spirits of our ancestors? It’s probably the second one, isn’t it.

So, Midsommar looks bright and colourful where Hereditary was dark and dank, and there aren’t any decapitated pigeons to speak of, but if you’re hankering for some more cult-based claustrophobia and always found Mayday celebrations terrifying then Midsommar‘s looks to have it in spades.

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