It is a well-known fact in Hollywood that in the course of a filmmaker’s career, his second movie is far more important than his first. While the first movie can establish you as an interesting voice, you will be able to earn the respect of your producers and peers if you manage to show that there is consistency in your work. Legends of the industry like Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan established themselves as important voices with their second features – ‘Pulp Fiction‘ (1994) and ‘Memento‘ (2002), respectively.
The path set by these icons is being followed by some fresh voices in this generation as well. Jordan Peele has kept up his good work with ‘Us’ (2019) after winning accolades with his first feature ‘Get Out‘ (2019). It was very important for the industry and for horror film lovers that Ari Aster’s sophomore work comes out as great as his debut feature ‘Hereditary‘. ‘Midsommar’ has proved that Aster is here for the long run. What he has done in both of his movies is that he has given a massive boost to the horror genre and brought in elements which were missing from regular cliched Hollywood horror films. The story of ‘Midsommer’ was initially pitched as a slasher film, but later Aster’s personal experiences inspired him to center the story around a broken relationship.
Christian and Dani are a couple who go on a vacation to Sweden and get caught up in a strange and dangerous ritual where they might have to take part unwillingly. The film received rave reviews and has clearly established Ari Aster as an auteur when it comes to horror movies. His pictures have a certain pacing and a way of unfolding its many layers that is starkly unique. If you loved watching this film and are looking for more flicks that explore similar themes and ideas, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Midsommar’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Midsommar’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Hereditary (2018)
It is, of course, essential to start off with Aster’s debut feature ‘Hereditary’ which brought him to the forefront of the Hollywood audience. The movie was made on a shoestring budget of $9 million and ended up making $79 million at the box office. The story of the movie is essentially about a family which has quite a secretive past that comes bursting forward when the matriarch passes away and the children come to know that a deep-rooted evil is staring them right in the eyes. We follow these children as they try to prevent their lives from being engulfed by this darkness. The film is based in a setting quite common with horror films; but the way the story moves forward, the characters, and the pacing of the story is what makes ‘Hereditary’ stand out from the generic horror movies we see every year. Critical reception for the movie was also unanimously positive. ‘Hereditary’ boasts of an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
7. The Wicker Man (1973)