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Preparing for a horror heat wave, we reflect on Ari Aster’s unnerving ode to Swedish summer and relationship dysfunction, “Midsommar”.

Our host Will brings us the perfect June movie, “Midsommar” (2019), the folk horror film from Director/Writer Ari Aster.

With Ari Aster’s latest offering, Beau is Afraid, heating up the box office, we look back on his shocking sophomore film Midsommar.

This 2019 folk horror film stars Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor as a dysfunctional couple who travel to Sweden with friends for a midsummer festival, only to find themselves in the clutches of a sinister cult practicing Scandinavian paganism.

A co-production between the United States and Sweden, the film was initially pitched to Aster as a straightforward slasher film set among Swedish cultists. While elements of the original concept remain in the final product, the film’s plot centers on a deteriorating relationship inspired by a difficult breakup that Aster himself experienced. The soundtrack, composed by British electronic musician Bobby Krlic (better known as The Haxan Cloak), takes inspiration from Nordic folk music. The film was shot on location in Budapest in the summer and autumn of 2018.

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