Hereditary has been one of the most buzzed about movies of 2018, ever since it debuted at Sundance and then murdered midnight audiences at SXSW (Toni Collette for Best Actress or GTFO). As is the trend with this year's big name fright films, I'm straight down the middle on this one (and think Mike Flanagan's Haunting of Hill House tackles the themes Hereditary and Halloween approach with far more nuance and grace), but that doesn't make me any less excited to check out what writer/director Ari Aster has up his sleeve next.
As we found out earlier this year, Aster's follow-up is a "horror movie" (heh) that follows Jack Reynor (Kin) and Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) as “a couple that travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult". So, it essentially sounds like a pastoral Euro-set companion piece to his smash debut.
Now, A24 has announced that his still-untitled sophomore feature* will hit theaters August 9th, 2019. Can we expect to see the movie at SX or Cannes before then? My bet would probably be on the latter. Aster has gone on record with THR stating that, whatever this movie ends up being called, it's going to be his last genre endeavor for a spell:
"...it's technically a horror film. It’s Scandinavian folk horror. That is the only other horror movie I have. And I’m pretty sure that’s going to be it for a long time.”
Ugh, that "technically" is already giving me shivers pondering the think pieces that're sure to emerge after A24 drops another misleading trailer and audiences give the picture an "F" Cinemascore. Is it "really" a horror movie? Who cares? I just want that shit to be good.
See you next summer, Ari.
*Though IMDb has it listed as Midsommar.