It’s safe to say we here at Paste are excited to see what director Ari Aster has in store for us in his second feature film. His debut feature, Hereditary, was a wickedly dark sleeper hit and one of our favorite films of 2018. After drip-feeding us posters equal parts beautiful and unsettling, and a teaser that captured an appropriately creepy vibe, Aster has finally given us a solid glimpse of what Midsommar is all about. And what it’s about looks pretty damn scary.
Aster has called the feature “a break-up movie that devolves into something much more sinister,” which sounds about right based on the clip. What looks to be an idyllic adventure in the gorgeous Swedish sunshine—it’s 9 p.m. and the sun’s still up!—quickly devolves into screaming, creepy dances around maypoles and blood. Oh, there will definitely be blood. The official synopsis explains a bit further:
Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.
Midsommar opens July 3. See the new trailer below.