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Midsommar Review: An Ethereal, Psychedelic Nightmare

Runtime: 147mins |  Director: Ari Aster |  Rating: 5 Stars Jump-scares, characters wandering about at night (often in atmospheric lightning) and bizarre, supernatural creatures. These are, more or less, the tropes we have come to associate with the horror genre. Of course, there is nothing wrong with these formulaic things – when done well – but they are becoming a bit unoriginal and obvious. After all, the whole point of a horror film is to scare you, and being able to guess what is going to happen as soon as the music quietens or someone looks in a mirror defeats that. However, we seem to be entering a horror renaissance where talented directors such as Jordan Peele and Ari Aster are being bolder in their nightmarish creations and are challenging the status quo. Following the tragic death of her family, Dani (Florence Pugh) joins her boyfriend, Christian (Jack Reynor), and his friends on a trip to Sweden in the hope it will strengthen their relationship. At first, the quain