So next on this journey I decided to take a step away from comedy and venture down a darker lane into the world of Midsommar.
I watched this horror film after a rather traumatic recommendation from my cousin, and although I wouldn’t say I ‘enjoyed’ it, I am glad I saw it and I would watch it again.
For starters it is a horror film which actually has a plot! Since watching Silence of the Lambs a few years ago, this has been missing from most other horrors I’ve seen.
If you’re looking for scares and dimly lit eerie houses, this isn’t the film for you. If you’re looking for gore, stressful and unnerving sounds and unexpected camera angles, this is the film for you. It is entirely psychological.
The film follows a girl called Dani who tags along with her boyfriend Christian and his friends to a Midsommar festival after experiencing a family tragedy. The festival is in Sweden, occurs once every 90 years and is full of rituals and traditions- fascinating for the group of anthropologists.
Throughout the film you mostly follow Dani and Christian, leaving you as in the dark as they are with regard to the rituals and celebrations.
Midsommar will likely stay with you. I think there are some images which will never leave my brain. However, after the recommendation I was given I weirdly expected it to be more traumatic than it was. Don’t get me wrong there is plenty which makes the film unsettling. The psychedelic effects of certain scenes, the overexposed lighting and the unnerving sounds combine with horrifying rituals to make a disorientating film. But I had mentally prepared myself for worse, so it did not shock me the way it would have done had I gone in unprepared.
What did you guys think of Midsommar?
Ps. This might not be one to watch with your parents