Jordan Peele Hypes ‘Midsommar’ With Its “Atrociously Disturbing Imagery”

Usually, at a certain point, if there is a movie that I already know I am going to see in the theaters, I will go on lock down from any further news and trailers. After the trailer for Ari Aster’s sophomore effort, Midsommar, dropped, that lock down commenced and honestly this film had my money since watching Hereditary last year. However, I just couldn’t help myself when I saw that Jordan Peele sat down with Ari Aster for a one on one to discuss Midsommar which will be released by A24 on July 3rd.

EW provides an exclusive look by sharing some quotes from the one on one that will appear in new issue of Fangoria.

Peele to Aster:

There are some obvious comps out there, but this movie is just so unique. This hasn’t existed yet, and anything after Midsommar is going to have to contend with it. I mean, this usurps The Wicker Man as the most iconic pagan movie to be referenced.

Most horror fans of course would make the automatic comparison to 1973’s The Wicker Man, but with Peele hailing it original by saying, “This hasn’t existed yet” is refreshing because he knows what he is talking about with his own original horror hits, Get Out and Us.

Peele continues:

It plays a weird sleight of hand, where it transcends the horror of itself. It is an ascension of horror. I didn’t feel victimized; I felt like I was being put up on this pedestal and honored through the eyes of the protagonist. It’s a very unique feeling for a film to conjure because after it ended, I found myself looking back at the final act like, ‘Holy shit.’ That was some of the most atrociously disturbing imagery I’ve ever seen on film, and yet I experienced it with this open-mouthed, wild-eyed gape.

You had me at “the most atrociously disturbing imagery“. I have seen some disturbing things on film and am fully prepared to be scarred by this. One of my favorite aspects of Ari Aster’s horror storytelling seems to be that he isn’t dumbing things down to make his films viewer friendly. He is doing his best to bring the viewer up to a higher level that has been sorely missed in the horror genre for some time.

Plot Synopsis:

Pugh and Reynor will play a couple that travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.


Midsommar stars Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and Florence Pugh with Vilhem Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Ellora Torchia and Archie Madekwe.

I need this to be in front of my eyes immediately and July 3rd can not get here fast enough. What do you guys think? Has this made you more excited to see this film like me? Does Jordan Peele know what he is talking about or is simply hyping up a fellow horror directors film by blowing smoke?

Author: Vincent Kane

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