Ari Aster considers Midsommar to be a 'dark comedy'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 July 2019
Ari Aster

Ari Aster

Ari Aster says 'Midsommar' is a " perverse wish-fulfillment film" and confessed the ending of the movie "makes him laugh"

'Midsommar' director Ari Aster considers his latest film to be a "dark comedy".

The American filmmaker has been terrifying audiences with his new horror movie, which stars Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor as a couple on the brink of splitting who attend a midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village where events take a disturbing course.

However, Ari believes his story is actually a "perverse wish-fulfilment film" and the ending of the movie actually "makes him laugh".

In an interview with Collider, he said: "I've been calling this movie a wish-fulfilment film and fantasy from the beginning. It's a perverse wish-fulfilment film and fantasy. But for me, yeah, I do see the film as a dark comedy. The ending makes me laugh. Yeah, I was hoping to make kind of like a malignant crowd-pleaser."

The 'Hereditary' director says, for him, the film ends "cathartically" and although he finds it amusing he wants audiences to "question what they're feeling".

He added: "I'm hoping that 'Midsommar', especially, it's not just a movie that ends cathartically, but I'm hoping it's a film about catharsis in a way.

"I hope that whatever you're feeling at the end, whatever viewers feel at the end, I hope that they feel compelled to question what they're feeling and not just feel it. I also hope its funny, but I hope that the laughter catches in the throat."


  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • US / Sweden
  • 2h 20min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Ari Aster
  • Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Archie Madekwe, Ellora Torchia, Will Poulter
  • UK release: 3 July 2019

Dani (Pugh) is a fragile American girl dating fellow student Christian (Reynor) who, after tragically losing family members, travels to Sweden with Christian and his friends to visit a commune. Slow-burn horror which simmers rather than explodes, but Pugh and Reynor give full-blooded turns and it’s transfixing.

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