Horror takes a New Form in Ari Aster’s “Midsommar”


Brooke Leggat, Co-Editor-in-Chief

I have watched my fair share of horror movies and, oddly enough, have even dabbled in a few cult documentaries. Neither, however, prepared my eyes for the horrifying mixture of the two in 2019’s Midsommar. A recent warm and exciting summer night with a friend soon turned cold and eerie following my login to my Amazon Prime Video account. The opening of the movie, devoid of music and misted with blue undertones left a sour taste on my tongue.  Here’s the gist: Dani, the protagonist, along with her boyfriend and his buddies all head to a retreat-like summer festival in rural Sweden. Upon their arrival, the bright ambiance belies the true evil that lurks within the community. The calming background noise could’ve fooled me too, until the film really took a turn toward the horrific. Before no time, ideologies of human sacrifice, brainwashing, and several other cult-like thoughts stung the screen. Dani and her friends quickly noticed the quicksand they had been caught in: they were enveloped in a pagan cult. Now, without spoilers, I will tell you this: my eyes blinked wide and my jaw dropped to the floor in utter horror of what I had just witnessed on the screen. I clutched my couch pillow and my mind twirled as the credits appeared. In hindsight, I don’t think I have ever seen anything so odd and utterly terrifying. If you are an adrenaline junkie with a special taste for horror movies, this one might be for you. But if not, I might recommend going down a different path.