TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - May 15, 2019
If you didn't see Hereditary last summer, you probably had to hear an awful lot about it because it was quite the word of mouth hit. If you still haven't seen it and can appreciate a film that doesn't play by the typical rules of horror filmmaking, I would wholeheartedly recommend it, Toni Collette was absolutely robbed of an Oscar nomination.
Hereditary's writer/director Ari Aster will be back again this summer with his second feature film, Midsommar. It's a classic tale of a dude (Jack Reynor) who wants to dump his girlfriend (Florence Pugh), but then her parents die and he can't bring himself to do it. He then takes her along on a guys' weekend trip to a remote Swedish village where a bunch of Wicker Man-esque ritual shenanigans turn the film into something else entirely.
I'm always willing to give high concept horror a shot. I wasn't a fan of It Follows or It Comes at Night, but I appreciate what the filmmakers were attempting to do. The artsier horror gets, the more interesting the projects that come out of it. Except last year's Suspiria remake, that was a hot pile of garbage. Plus Florence Pugh is fantastic and I'll watch anything she does, even that wrestling movie with The Rock Johnson.
Midsommar opens, conveniently enough, in mid-summer, on July 3.