It’s amazing how a short, seemingly uneventful 15-second video can instill such fear and excitement in the horror community. Yesterday, A24 posted a short teaser video for Ari Aster’s next film, Midsommar, and while it looks surprisingly upbeat, there seems to be something sinister bubbling under the surface.
Midsommar follows in Hereditary’s pagan cult footsteps but in a very different way. Aster calls the film a “Scandinavian folk horror.” He also said that this will be “an apocalyptic breakup movie,” and will include a death of a main character’s parent (remind you of any of his work?). The film will follow a couple on visiting a friend’s rural hometown in Sweden to attend its mid-summer festival. However, these events devolve quickly into what is described as “an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.”
Florence Pugh (Malevolent, Lady MacBeth) and Jack Reynor (Kin, Sing Street) will play Midsommar’s couple. Will Poulter (Bandersnatch, The Little Stranger), and William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) will also star in the film.
?????☀️SOMMAR 2019 pic.twitter.com/OtDGZ3y5eT
— A24 (@A24) February 26, 2019
The video shows a group of people dancing around a strange structure as red flowers and blue symbols appear on their clothes. The structure resembles a pair of nooses, but could also be a pagan symbol similar to what we saw from Paimon in Hereditary. The blue symbol, an infinity sign underneath a plant, may also be a sigil of a pagan cult. It’s so easy to read into something so short, especially when you can’t wait for Aster’s next project!
While the title of the film was announced as Midsommar, the teaser just says, “Sommar 2019.” This could just be a date announcement, but A24 hasn’t clarified the title and release date. We’ll make sure to provide updates as we get them! Are you excited for Aster’s next project? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!