'Midsommar' star says it gave her 'PTSD' as critics hail new 'Texas Chain Saw'

Hanna Flint
Contributor
Midsommar has earned rave reviews following its first screening (Credit: A24)

Ari Aster’s follow-up to 2018’s cult hit Hereditary is one of this summer’s most anticipated horror films and it looks like it won’t disappoint.

Midsommar was screened for critics for the first time on Tuesday night and it has earned wide-spread acclaim.

The Sweden-set film, starring Florence Pugh, Will Poulter and Jack Reynor, has even been compared to Tobe Hooper’s seminal 1974 slasher film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

“Forget the HEREDITARY comparisons,” tweeted Fangoria’s Editor-in-Chief Phil Nobile Jr. “[Midsommar] is a European cousin to the sun-soaked fairy tale madness of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE.”

“Like his previous film, Ari Aster’s #MIDSOMMAR is an unsettling portrait of grief & how it can consume us from within,” tweeted Heather Wixson, managing editor of Dead Daily News.

“Lots more thoughts swimming around in my head (LOTS) but those will be in my review out sometime tomorrow.”

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Pugh, who was recently seen in Fighting with My Family and Outlaw King, tweeted her reaction to the film as well her experience making it, and it sounds like it really put her through the wringer.

Midsommar tells the story of Dani (Pugh) and Christian (Reynor), a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart.

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.

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Their carefree summer holiday takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing.

Hereditary has already set the horror world alight. (a24/Entertainment Film)

Ari Aster’s directorial debut Hereditary first wowed critics at Sundance Film Festival in January 2018. Starring Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne, it told the story of a family who becomes haunted by the death of their secretive grandmother.

Featuring one of 2018’s most shocking twists, it became a huge word of mouth hit earning £63 million from a modest £7 million budget, winning a number of awards for Collette and Aster

Here’s what other critics are saying:

Midsommar is in cinemas from 3rd July. Watch a trailer below.