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  • Ari Aster's visual references for his Scandinavian folk horror are Black Narcissus (1947), Hard to Be a God (2013), Macbeth (1971), and Tess (1979).
  • It's a remake of the danish horror flick QV Movie:_Midsummer (2003)_
  • William Jackson Harper is the only American actor in the film. Jack Reynor, although born in Colorado, is Irish, Florence Pugh is English, and Will Poulter is English. All other supporting actors are either Swedish, British, or Hungarian.
  • Production for the film was announced immediately after Hereditary was released.
  • Described as "The Wizard of Oz for perverts".
  • Will Poulter has said the film is better than Hereditary
  • Second (and supposedly last, at least for a long time), horror movie for Ari Aster.
  • Is not related or connected in any way to Hereditary
  • According to Ari Aster, this was meant to be his first horror movie since Hereditary was intended to just be a family drama.
  • This is very likely to be Ari Aster's last horror movie, as the director has described himself as a genre filmmaker rather than a horror guy.
  • Jordan Peele (Director of Us and Get Out) has openly praised the film.
  • The fifth A24 movie to be released nationwide without a platform release prior after The Witch, Free Fire, It Comes At Night, and Hereditary.
  • Despite sharing the same title and both being horror movies set in Sweden, this film is not related to the Danish cult classic Midsummer (2003).
  • This film was greenlit on May 18, 2018, and premiered on June 18, 2019, marking an unusually short production period for a wide released theatrical film.
  • Jack Reynor and Will Poulter also starred together in Glassland (2014) and Detroit (2017).
  • Mark displays an extreme phobia of ticks, which is based on Ari Aster's real-life fear of bugs and illness. Like Mark, Aster wore two pairs of socks over his jeans to ensure he would not receive bug bites.
  • Besides one from the film's trailer, and despite the film taking place entirely in sunlight, there isn't one shot of the sun.
  • When the group arrives at the festival, Pelle is greeted by an older member of his community who welcomes Dani, Christian, Josh and Mark into the community by saying "Pelle has excellent taste in people." At first, this seems to refer to Pelle's choice of friends, but what the man is actually referring to is Pelle's selection of sacrificial victims, implying that Pelle has lured people to the festival more than once.
  • The film was originally given an NC-17 by the MPAA. According to Ari Aster, around 30 minutes was cut from the final film mainly due to content. A director's cut is planned for the home video release.
  • Despite the Swedish setting, the film was mostly shot in Hungary.
  • The blanket over Dani's bedroom at the village has the same pattern than the carpet from The Shining.
  • In the script, Dani and her friends all live in New York and her parents live in Minnesota. Supposedly to save on money, all the US scenes were filmed in Utah instead.
  • This is the fifth A24 film to be released nationwide without a platform release prior. The others were The Witch (2016), Free Fire (2017), It Comes At Night (2017), and Hereditary (2018).
  • Most of the Swedish dialogue spoken by the Hårga natives is deliberately not subtitled in order to create the sense of isolation for the audience and especially the foreign visitors.
  • Early in the film, the college men are seated in the bar under a massive reproduction of the infamous Sophia Loren-Jayne Mansfield 'wardrobe malfunction' photo.
  • Pelle mention that Maja have just become "byxmyndig", which is Swedish slang for the age of consent, which is 15 in Sweden. Isabelle Grill, who plays Maja, was 20 years old when the movie was filmed.

Spoilers

  • Josh's death scene is very reminiscent of the first murder scene in Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). The killer is even wearing a mask of human skin, much like Leatherface did.
  • Director's trademark: Both of Ari Aster's films so far have included gruesome shots of bashed-in faces, cults and explorations of grief and relationships.
  • During the meal where meat pies are served, Christian has a glass of reddish juice, while everyone else has yellow juice. An image earlier in the film suggests that this may be because his drink has been spiked with menstrual blood.
  • When Pelle is comforting Dani, trying to stop her from leaving the festival, he mentions that he understands the pain of the loss of her parents because his own parents "burned up" in a fire when he was a child, implying that Pelle's parents were sacrificial victims who were burned to death like the victims seen at the end of the film.
  • When the group first arrives at the festival, Pelle introduces his friends to an older member of his community who welcomes them to the Mid-summer festival by saying "Pelle has excellent taste in people". At first, this seems to refer to Pelle's choice of friends, but in actuality, it refers to Pelle's choice of sacrificial victims, implying that Pelle has lured people to Sweden to be sacrificed more than once before.(WRONG. THE CEREMONY TAKES PLACE EVERY 90 YEARS. THAT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE)
  • When Pelle is explaining to Dani the life cycle of a person from his community, he compares the stages of life to the seasons in a year, with Winter ending at the age of 72. Dani asks what happens to a person at 72, and Pelle mimes "death". Dani laughs, mistaking this for a joke but later it is revealed that the community does participate in a ritual of assisted suicide for its members who have come to the end of the cycle; Pelle was not joking.
  • In Dani's nightmare, she opens her mouth to scream and a cloud of black smoke pours out, mirroring the death of her parents and specifically her sister, who inhaled the exhaust from a car directly into her mouth.
  • Dani's surname is Ardor, which is a noun meaning a zealous or excited transitory state. Dani resignedly becomes part of the clan towards the film's climax.
  • Early in the film, Simon sees a group of kids playing and asks Pelle what they are doing. Pelle explains that they are playing "Skin the fool". During the sacrifice scene at the end of the film, Mark's skinned and mutilated body is carried into the temple with a jester's hat atop his head. The kids game may have been derived from the actual practice of "skinning the fool" for the Mid-summer sacrifice.
  • When Josh broaches the idea of doing his thesis on the Hårgas with Pelle, Pelle says that the elders would never allow that because staying isolated is a vital part of their survival as a community. Later, Pelle tells Josh that the elders have allowed him to do his thesis provided he change the names and locations. This is because they don't intend to let Josh (or Christian) leave the festival. They are merely trying to appease them until they can sacrifice them at the end of the festival.
  • When Josh sneaks away to photograph pictures of the 'Rubi Radr' holy book and sees Mark standing in the doorway, it is in fact Ulf (the man who screamed at Mark for urinating on the ancestral tree) wearing Mark's skin. (This is confirmed by the screenplay). Earlier Mark had asked Josh if Ulf was going to kill him for urinating on the tree. This is exactly what happens.
  • Simon's fate is based on a Viking ritualised execution method called blood eagle, in which victims were placed in a prone position, their ribs severed from the spine with a sharp tool, and their lungs pulled through the opening to create a pair of "wings". The victim would supposedly be alive and concious through the process and not die until sometime after (likely from blood loss). As such, when Christian finds him, Simon is still breathing, though barely, if at all, concious. As he was a part of the sacrifice, he does die sometime between Christian finding him and the final ritual, and it can even be argued he died while Christian was there since he only breathes once or twice during the scene. Simon being alive and breathing when Christian finds him, however, is highly improbable due to the fact that lungs require the diaphragm to expand and breathe in air.
  • When Christian is waiting to speak with Siv in her house, he studies a piece of wallpaper with the image of a burning bear on it, forshadowing his eventual demise during the ritual at the end where he is placed inside a disembowled bear and burned alive in the yellow building in the middle of the eight other sacrifices.
  • In Dani's apartment, there is a painting of a woman wearing a crown and a bear hanging over her bed. This is the painting "Stackars Basse" by Swedish painter John Bauer, famous for his art based on Swedish folklore and mythological creatures.
  • Throughout the film, Dani hallucinates the plant life interacting with her and growing into her. This foreshadows her eventual decision to join the community at the end of the film. Additionally, her interaction/growth with plants gets more pronounced as the film progresses. Notable examples include the tuft of grass growing through her hand, the grass consuming her feet, the vines on her throne reacting to the movement of her arms, the flowers in her crown "breathing" in sync with her, and the dress and crown made entirely of flowers in the final scene (signaling her complete engulfment by the community).
  • When Christian is being prepared to be sacrificed, the villagers put him a bear suit similar to the one worn by Nicolas Cage in The Wicker Man (2006). Oddly enough, Cage's movie is a remake of The Wicker Man (1973), that it's considered the basis for all the movies about pagan cults with human sacrifices, including this movie.
  • Midsommar's feast turns around number 9: the complete ritual is long for nine days, in which nine lives are sacrificed to purify all the town. In addition, Pelle explains Dani and the rest of the newcomers that the cycle of life conceived by Hårga's people marks at 18 years the end of childhood (9x2), youth at 36 (9x4), maturity at 54 (9x6), and aged and the own life at 72 (9x8). Oddly enough, the sum of ciphers of each age of Hårga's cycle of life (18, 36, 54 and 72) is 9. In addition, the own feast is celebrated one time each 90 years (9x10), implying that each one of the sacrificed are 10 years of purity for Hårga's people, and even the own feast's name, Midsommar, have 9 letters. Also at the beginning of the movie when Dani leaves a message for her parents, the answering machine number counts up to 9 before it leaves the frame. The importance of 9 derives from the old myth of Odin, father of all Norse gods, who was hang up upside down for nine days in Yggdrasil, Tree of World, in order to bring knowledge to the world, creating Futhark, Runes' language.
  • When Dani and friends arrive Hårga's, Christian jokes about "meet the Davidians Sect". It refers to the infamous sect lead by David Koresh that in February 1993, after a siege of 51 days between the Davidians and law enforcement in Waco, Texas, ended with law enforcement burning down the compound killing 76 people.
  • Jack Reynor's character, Christian, plans to write his thesis on Hårga's pagan cult. Ironically, he is killed during the final ritual, being the "christian" killed by the "pagan".
  • Dani and Christian show very little affection towards each other in the movie, due to their distant feelings. Through the whole runtime of the theatrical release, they don't even kiss each other. The director's cut, however, contains a scene in which they kiss.
  • After the coerced coitus scene, Christian was supposed to run away in the robe that he had entered in. Jack Reynor himself suggested that Christian run out completely nude in order to appear more vulnerable and thus appears fully nude here. Reynor was inspired by having recently watched The Last House on the Left (1972) in which, like many films in the horror genre, female characters are made nude, humiliated and/or assaulted before their demise. He felt it was due time that male characters be made to suffer similar indignation.
  • The opening mural from left to right foreshadows the events of the entire film, and provides clues pertaining to the contrasting fates of Dani and Christian. Looking closely, it reveals Pelle as the mastermind behind the invitation to visit Hårga. When the visitors reached the village, Connie and Simon examined a tapestry that shows a woman falling in love with a man, placing flowers under his pillow, and then hiding her pubic hair in his food - resulting in the man falling in love with and impregnating her. That's exactly what Maja did to Christian before and during the May Queen celebrations.
  • Toward the end of the film, when Dani is lifted onto the pedestal to be carried to the dinner table, you can make out her sister's face in the trees with the exhaust tube in her mouth
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