‘Midsommar’ director Ari Aster teases new “nightmare comedy” project

Get ready for an endurance test of frights

Midsommar director Ari Aster has shared some insight into what to expect from the follow-up to his 2019 horror hit.

The filmmaker has scored success with both of his first two features so far – Midsommar and 2018’s Hereditary.

During an interview with the Associated Students Program Board at UC Santa Barbara, Aster briefly discussed what his next project was. He described it as a “nightmare comedy” and said he had just finished a new draft of the movie.

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The director gave few other details of the work, but added: “All I know is that it’s gonna be four hours long, over 17 [years of age].”

Previously, Aster had said in a Reddit AMA last year that his “next [project] will either be a zonky nightmare comedy or a big, sickly domestic melodrama.” No release date or plotline details have been shared at present.

Upon its release last year, NME gave Midsommar five stars and said in a review: “While it won’t be for everyone – those looking for the jump scares that populate multiplex horror will be disappointed, anyone lacking a strong constitution are advised to stay well away – Aster’s second movie really is extraordinary filmmaking. A movie that has found something unsaid within the genre to be said. A horror movie that is genuinely horrifying.”

Months after the film’s release, an eagle-eyed fan spotted a chilling Easter egg in one scene of the film. While Dani (Florence Pugh) is being lifted onto a pedestal by the Hårgas, Twitter user @danielgaylewis pointed out you could see her dead sister’s face in the trees behind her.

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