MIDSOMMAR Director’s Cut Adds (Even More) Depth to the characters REVIEW [Originally published for Bloody Disgusting]

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The original post can be found under “Reviews” at Bloody-Disgusting.com

“This is not releasable,” Ari Aster joked, as he introduced his “more complete” Director’s Cut of Midsommar in New York this past weekend. 

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Before we had MIDSOMMAR, we had The Wicker Man (1973)

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Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man

The original post can be found here.

For those of us who were lucky enough to catch Midsommar already, we noticed that Ari Aster’s sophomore psychedelic, folk horror film derives an incredible amount of influence from Robin Hardy’s 1973 masterpiece, THE WICKER MAN.  Everything from its (seemingly) warm, welcoming commune members, to its commentary on intrusive outsiders barging in on dissimilar cultures, to its fiery third act (which I won’t discuss here) Midsommar is indebted to this folk horror classic, and we thought we would swing around the maypole again and remind you why this film is so integral to the horror genre. Continue reading

MIDSOMMAR solidifies Ari Aster as a contemporary master of bizarro horror

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There is a handful of contemporary auteur filmmakers that are bringing something completely fresh to the horror genre, while still managing to derive influence from classics of the past– Jennifer Kent, Robert Eggers, Jordan Peele– to name a few.  But none have excited me quite to the degree of the eccentric, strange, provocative, ballsy filmmaking style that Hereditary (and now Midsommar) creator Ari Aster possesses.

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Women In Horror Month: Toni Collette’s Contributions to the Horror Genre (Originally Published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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Original post is under the “Articles” archive on NightmarishConjurings.com

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(A24)

As Women of Horror Month befalls us, and we reflect upon all of the distinctive female actresses that make up the singularly-dubbed “Scream Queens” of the horror community, few have delivered as many grappling performances as the beloved Aussie and acting chameleon known as Toni Collette.

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Horror Genre Films Coming in 2019

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2018 absolutely slayed the horror genre with amazing directorial debuts and surprising indie wonders, but it appears 2019 may give the previous year a run for its money.  I scoured the Internet to find that 2019 will bring us many big budget curiosities, subversive A24 arthouse horrors, and…quite a few remakes of things we didn’t necessarily ask for.  Here are over 40 genre films (including horror-thrillers, crime mysteries, and dark biopics) that will be coming our way in 2019.

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Believe the hype. ‘Hereditary’ is a game changer (Spoiler free)

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If you can’t take the heat, don’t be related to the Graham family. (A24)

Is there any singular aspect of life that is more horrifying than losing the people you love by forces beyond your control?  A24 Productions’ Hereditary takes us through all stages of grief and then some, to say the least.  I was lucky enough to attend an advanced screening on Thursday night (before its wide release on June 8th) and I haven’t been able to shake it off ever since.  It’s only June and we’ve still got the new Halloween and Suspiria remake to go, but I’m positive I just witnessed my favorite horror film of 2018.

All you should know going into this: Directed by Ari Aster (his first feature-length film, by the way) Hereditary opens with an ominous obituary post against a black screen, before gravely introducing us to the Graham family, who is mourning the loss of their elusive grandmother/mother Ellen.  In a series of utterly horrific and tragic events, the Grahams are forced to each deal with their grief in their own (often toxic) ways, while simultaneously feeling as if they have been cursed by who they may be related to.

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