A24 has revealed the second official trailer for Ari Aster’s cult horror film Midsommar, the follow-up to his highly acclaimed feature debut Hereditary. Starring Florence Pugh and Jake Raynor as a struggling couple who reluctantly takes a summer trip together only for their relationship to derail because of a sinister cult.
The sun-kissed psychological horror movie has been described by Aster as a “post-apocalyptic breakup movie” and that’s what this official trailer will have you believe, at least at first. The trailer quickly reveals just what Aster has in store for audiences as this couple’s excursion quickly devolves into full-on Scandinavian folk horror. Will Poulter, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Ellora Torchia, and Archie Madekwe also co-star in Midsommar.
Check out the official trailer for Midsommar below:
One defining feature of this trailer is Pugh’s performance, which already looks primed to stand alongside Toni Collette’s harrowing portrayal in Hereditary. When it comes to Aster, and only his second movie, it’s becoming apparent that he excels with actors. But another defining feature from this trailer is that sunny, faded exteriors from up-and-coming cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski (who worked with Aster on Hereditary). Showcasing the horror out in the open with a fiendishly welcoming aesthetic really makes the film feel wholly unsettling. Generally, cults and hedonism are taken to an extreme in horror movies and this vacation from Hell really feels like it could be next level for both the leads and audiences.
When the film’s first teaser hit, Aster conducted an interview with IndieWire where he revealed a few tidbits about Midsommar. “It’s very macabre. But people shouldn’t go in expecting Hereditary. It’s a Wizard of Oz for perverts.” The director also revealed that Midsommar will be his last horror film for now. Aster said last year “I’m pretty sure that’s going to be it for a long time. I love the genre, I consider myself a genre filmmaker in that I want to play in every genre. I would love to make a musical. I have 10 other scripts that I’ve written that I want to make and there are other things I have. I’m writing a sci-fi film and there are at least four or five movies that I have ready to go that I am excited about making that I’d like to do in succession.”
Shortly before the release of the official trailer A24 also unveiled a new poster for Midsommar featuring lead Florence Pugh not looking too happy to be attending the festivities. Check it out below:
The festivities of Midsommar begin on July 3.