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People AreComplaining They'Can't Sleep'After WatchingNew Horror'Midsommar'People Are ComplainingThey 'Can't Sleep' AfterWatching New Horror'Midsommar'

Eric BlairJuly 4th
2019

It sounds like newly released Midsommar is doing its job as scores of horror fans claim they’re having trouble sleeping after watching the movie.  

Directed by Ari Aster - the man behind last year's Hereditary - and starring Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family), Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, and Will Poulter, the movie follows a young couple and their two friends as they travel to the middle of the Swedish countryside for a summer festival.

According to the official synopsis: “Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. 

“The carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that are increasingly disturbing.”

Judging by people’s responses on Twitter, it seems that Aster has achieved a rare feat in modern film - scaring the bejeezus out of viewers without relying on the classic horror tropes.

Speaking to the BBC, Aster revealed that Midsommar's most unique aspect, the unending sunlight in northern parts of Scandinavia during summer, was a key part in creating the foundation of unease in the movie - despite presenting a ‘huge challenge’ for both director and crew.

He said: “Making a horror film in broad daylight, I kind-of gave up on the idea of quote-unquote scaring people from the very beginning.

“The goal was to just create a world that people could live in and stand in and lose themselves in.”

Writing for the BBC, David Opie says: “As children, we come to believe that darkness is our enemy and the morning light, when it finally arrives, is our friend. For most of us, this concept continues to perpetuate into adulthood thanks in large part to the movie business. 

“But what happens if that fear is misplaced and the boogeyman strikes when the sun’s still high? The results have the potential to be even more terrifying.

“By shooting Midsommar’s scares almost exclusively in the daytime, Aster subverts the horror paradigm, invading the ‘safe space’ that light usually provides.”

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