“This is a different film- there are things that bolster other things in this cut that I always did miss.”
In a Q&A session after the premiere of his intended director’s cut of Midsommar in New York this weekend (read my review), Ari Aster admitted to feeling “self-indulgent” by releasing this version so soon after the theatrical cut’s original July 3 release to the masses. However, Aster quickly realized how necessary it was for him to show a fuller story of his initial vision.
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“This is not releasable,” Ari Aster joked, as he introduced his “more complete” Director’s Cut of Midsommar in New York this past weekend.
Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man
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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
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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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.
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.