Possibly, because of it’s extremely leisurely (even in the 147 minute version) story progression, I was able to make connections with films of the past, as I viewed Ari Aster’s meticulously made, spectacular horror film, Midsommar.
First, and most obvious, was Black Narcissus, with its nuns up in the British Himalayas.
The Wicker Man, several of the Bergman films from the late ’50s to early ’60s, not specifically because of the setting, and then, texturally, bits of Intolerance, with its use of the Denishawn dancers.
Probably, the brightest lit horror film in history. I’d hate to see how someone might attempt to wave HDR over the film, in order to have it make 4k non-specs, but we’ll have to see about that one. I’d love to see it in 4k mit out HDR.
As noted, slow, deliberate, moment by moment, with the building of an underlying dread…
And, of course, the Bear in a Cage, one of the great forthcoming Christmas toys for boys… and girls. I’m told that these are hand-carved, in Sweden. The commercial is included, as an extra.
I’m very interested in actually seeing where the 171 minute cut goes with my own eyes. I’ve read about it, and it sounds as if it fills in some plot-holes that were noted along the way.
For those unaware of Mr. Aster’s previous work, or having not seen Midsommar, my advice is to grab a copy.
Talented gentleman, with some superb actors working for him. I love the world that he and his team have created, although I doubt that I’d be inclined to visit.
I’ll give away nothing in terms of story.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass