To each their own, different strokes, etc., etc., but given a year now to allow my opinion of Heriditary to concretize, I stand behind my assessment last year that the Ari Aster film is the “most remarkably terrifying film” I have ever seen. It wasn’t just horrifying in the moment, either. It was the kind of movie that stuck with me for weeks, and even still, I can get the occasional chill bump if I think about it too long. The imagery of that film was like nothing I’ve ever experienced, and the rare horror film so effective that I wouldn’t recommend it to most people. It’s too much.
Apparently, Ari Aster’s follow-up, Midsommar, is even more disturbing, at least according to a guy who knows a little something about great horror films, Jordan Peele. In a conversation with director Ari Aster arranged by Fangoria (via Uproxx), the Us and Get Out director said that, after the film ended, “I found myself looking back at the final act like, “Holy s‑‑‑.” That was some of the most atrociously disturbing imagery I’ve ever seen on film, and yet I experienced it with this open-mouthed, wild-eyed gape.”
He continued, offering some of the best praise one can give to a horror film by suggesting it’s even better than Wicker Man (no, not the Nic Cage one. The good one).
“I think you’ve made the most idyllic horror film of all time.” You’ve taken Stepford Wives and shattered the attractiveness of that movie with this one. That alone is a feat. Also, there are some obvious comps out there, but this movie is just so unique. This hasn’t existed yet, and anything after Midsommar is going to have to contend with it. I mean, this usurps The Wicker Man as the most iconic pagan movie to be referenced.
If you’re not yet sold on the film, which opens on July 3rd, check out the trailer.
And if you missed this very brief but very disturbing image in the trailer, here’s a screenshot!
Hey! You’re welcome!
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