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'Midsommar' Trailer Decode: Its More Than Spooky.

Published On: 16 May 2019 | Hollywood | By:

'Midsommar' Trailer Decode: Its More Than Spooky.
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It's Director Ari Aster's follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 horror film Hereditary.

The seemingly harmless inhabitants of a remote Swedish village are harboring a terrible secret in Midsommar, a new film from Director Ari Aster.

Midsommar seems like it owes more to the 1973 horror/mystery, The Wicker Man, in which a police sergeant investigates a missing girl on the remote Hebridean island of Summerisle, where the inhabitants practice a form of Celtic paganism.

In Midsommar, Christian (Jack Reynor) wants to go to a summer festival in Sweden with his buddies—at the invitation of native Swede Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren) and over the objections of his girlfriend Dani (Florence Pugh). The couple is on the verge of a breakup after four years together, but then tragedy strikes Dani's family and a guilt-ridden Christian invites her to join them.

"It's sort of a crazy festival, with special ceremonies and dressing up," Pelle explains to her. He neglected to mention all the nubile young Swedish girls in white dresses with flowers in their hair, making eyes at Dani's boyfriend. And what's with all the spooky drawings covering the walls inside the lodge? Add in a native drink with "special properties" (ie, hallucinogens), and things get super creepy (and bloody), super fast. Turns out Swedish hippies aren't as harmless as they seem, although Pelle earnestly assures Dani, "We only do this every 90 years."

Midsommar hits theaters on July 3, 2019,

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