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.
I had the opportunity to speak with Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse writer/director Lukas Feigelfeld about his highly anticipated feature film debut, his transition into filmmaking, his visual style, Pagan folklore, comparisons to The Witch, “elevated” horror, and his sympathy for female witches. (You can read my review for Hagazussa here.)
The film’s synopsis, according to its Doppelgänger Releasing site page:
In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman. The scapegoat of ancient superstitions and monstrous misogyny, this self-styled witch begins to assert her otherworldly birthright. The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison. This atmospheric debut feature from Lukas Feigelfeld is a haunting Pagan death trip and a startling vision of psychedelic horror.
Bloody Disgusting and Doppelgänger Releasing presents Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse, opening in limited theaters on April 19, and will be available on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray on April 23.
Read on for our conversation. (Special thanks to Bloody Disgusting and Margarita Cortes.)