This section contains damaged for the ending of “Midsommar.”
An obvious symbol for “Midsommar” is “The Wicker Man,” which practically wrote the genre’s handbook about secret cults and human sacrifice. However, when asked if he references any other daytime horror films, Aster instead pointed to influences outside the strictly horror field. One of them was “Black Narcissus”, the movie we reviewed on its 75th anniversary in 2022.
It’s no secret that “Midsommar” is a breakup movie, with the question “Do you feel drawn to him?” forces Dani to reconsider the nature of her relationship with Christian amid his neglect and infidelity. This gives the ritualistic, time-honored “Christian” sacrifice (and metaphorical parting) at the end a different background to what we’ve seen in folk horror movies. other. Speaking of collaborators like his cinematographer, Pawel Pogorzelski, Aster said:
“We’re talking more about breakups than thrillers, like Albert Brooks’ ‘Modern Romance’.” If ‘Midsommar’ works beyond my wildest dreams, that’s what you’re aiming for after a breakup. Like, every time we break up, I watch ‘Modern Romance’. On ‘Hereditary’, the movies we watched [during filming] not a horror movie, and on ‘Midsommar’ neither. I love horror – ‘Hereditary’ is purely a horror movie, I wouldn’t object to that. This film is contiguous with horror; I wouldn’t call it a horror movie. I think it’s like a fairy tale with a horror element.”
“Adjacent Horror” is certainly one way to describe “Midsommar,” but Aster also seems to indicate that he wants it to be approached as a horror comedy or horror of sorts. “I hope it’s quirky and funny,” he said. “And I hope you laugh at the end! Best case scenario, you’re laughing at the end, and those laughs will linger in your throat for a bit.”
https://www.slashfilm.com/946549/ari-aster-wanted-midsommar-to-leave-the-audience-laughing/ Ari Aster Wants Midsommar To Make The Audience Laugh