I Watched “Midsommar” To See If It’s As Disturbing And Gross As People Are Saying, Here’s How It Was

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WARNING: Contains spoilers.

Now, there’s a new A24 movie called Midsommar that was released on July 3 and people keep talking about how wild it is. I’ve heard the words “disturbing,” “horrifying,” “unsettling,” and “disgusting” used to describe it. Here’s the trailer:

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Here’s how A24 describes the film: “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. What begins as a 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 render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing.”

I decided to go to a showing of Midsommar on a Tuesday at 2pm, so of course it was super dead. Normally, I love an empty theater but for horror movies, it really adds to the creepiness.


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When the room went dark and the trailers for It Chapter Two and The Lodge were shown, I fully accepted that there was a good chance I’d leave the theater horrified, and remain that way for the next several weeks.

OK, they ripped the comfort bandaid off by opening the movie with a very dark 15 minutes. No jump scares or gore, but there’s a massive trauma involving the family of a main character, Dani. By opening with this, it’s clear the next couple hours will be rough.


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UNSETTLING METER: 9/10

Here’s the messed up thing that happens within the first 15 minutes if you want to know:


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We see some interactions between Dani and her boyfriend Christian, and he’s pretty wack. He’s not openly malicious, but he seems aloof, he treats her like she’s a burden, and he has plans to go to Sweden that he didn’t even tell her about — she only finds out a couple weeks before he’s planning on leaving.


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Christian reluctantly invites Dani to join him on the trip and she does. Shortly thereafter, they arrive at the Swedish commune.


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One of the first things the group does after arriving is take shrooms, which seems like a bad idea for Dani in particular given what she’s been through in recent weeks. Of course, she has a bad trip and some weird hallucinations of grass growing through her skin, her dead sister, and a person momentarily popping up in the mirror’s reflection behind her before vanishing. It’s all far more affective than any anti-drug ad I’ve ever seen.

So, this place they’re at is CLEARLY creepy and strange, but for some reason the group of friends is ignoring all of the weirdness until a couple of elders commit suicide, which is apparently a thing people in this cult, I mean, “community” do when they reach the age of 72.

The chosen method of suicide by these people is to jump off of a cliff. The first person lands face first onto a slab of rock and you see EVERYTHING (it’s pretty damn graphic). The second person lands wrong, so the fall doesn’t kill him, but it destroys his legs, which you can see in the image below if you want to. (I don’t recommend if you’re squeamish.)


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GROSSED OUT METER: 7/10 because I’ve watched every episode of The Walking Dead, so I’m basically immune to gross special effects. Anyway, eventually some other members of the community come smash this man’s head with a mallet to put him out of his misery.

RANDOM NOTE: If you’re a fan of The Good Place, just know that William Jackson Harper plays a character named Josh in Midsommar and he’s smart, so you’ll probably get slight Chidi vibes. At one point he momentarily goes full Chidi when he speaks the word, “unethical.”


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More stuff happens along the way, mostly strange and ominous, but not outright scary. An English couple mysteriously disappears, Christian and Josh have some drama, Christian finds a pubic hair in his pot pie, y’know, the usual horror movie stuff.


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At one point, one dude in the group of friends named Mark mistakenly pees on an ancestral tree and surprise, he goes missing!


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Then Josh is caught taking pictures of sacred documents that he was definitively told not to and you guessed it, he gets caught and goes missing too!


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Despite their friends being missing, Dani and Christian are reeled into other things.

Dani partakes in a dance competition. Yep, she really took drugs, threw on a flower crown, and danced her ass off like she was at Coachella.


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Meanwhile, Christian is given drugs and taken off to have sex with a cult member named Maja. It’s a strange ritual because other cult members surround them, moaning along with them.


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One cult member even pushes Christian’s butt during the sex, like to help his thrust velocity, I guess? Looking back, it was really weird, but after all the strange shit that’d happened prior to it, at the time I was just like, “Is she giving him a sex thrust boost? OK, sure.”

Dani wins her dance competition and is crowned, “May Queen,” which seems like a pretty big deal in this cult. But after she wins, she sees Christian having sex with Maja and freaks out, having a panic attack and crying. The group of cult women awkwardly howl-cry along with her.


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After having sex with Maja, Christian runs off, stumbles upon some stuff he shouldn’t see, and the cult uses some drug to paralyze him, but keep him alive.

We finally learn that all of the missing people have been killed, and we learn it’s all part of a big cult ritual in which NINE TOTAL PEOPLE HAVE TO BE SACRIFICED. They’ve got eight, but they need a ninth, and this one has to be living. As May Queen, Dani gets to decide who dies and there are two candidates up for sacrifice: some random or Christian.


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She chooses Christian, who is taken away, stuffed inside of a bear’s carcass, placed in a temple, and burned alongside the others being sacrificed. Dani watches the temple burn and at first she seems sad, BUT THEN SHE SMILES, SATISFIED. And that’s how it ends!

FINAL THOUGHTS:


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GIF that sums up my review of the Midsommar: See above.

Did Christian deserve to be sacrificed? Of course not. But as a viewer, it’s tough to feel that bad for a character who sucked as a boyfriend and a friend the entire movie, so…

Scariness: 2/10

Grossness: 7/10 (There aren’t a bunch of gross moments, but when they do gore, they really do gore.

Can an easy scare handle this: Yes, it won’t creep you out at night or stick with you for weeks.

Overall rating: 7/10 — it’s beautifully shot and there’s a wild, trippy vibe that lingers throughout it, just be prepared to feel a little gross after, like you need to rinse you eyeballs and exfoliate your brain.

Now that you know exactly how I feel about this movie, go and get your tickets to see Midsommar from Fandango or Atom and let me know what YOU think!

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