Midsommar has finally dropped on Netflix, and to celebrate, people have been giving themselves sleepless nights by rewatching the eerie horror.
Anyone who has seen director Ari Aster's work will know that it is emotionally draining (in a good way) because he takes the viewer on such a journey.
But when people are struggling to get to sleep and complaining of having horrifying images seared into their brains, you have to ask whether a horror film has done too good a job.
Midsommar released back in June 2019 and, now the movie is up on Netflix, viewers are flocking to social media to confide in each other once again, seemingly unsure whether they loved or hated the film.
The plot follows a couple and their three friends as they travel to a rural town in Sweden for a festival in the middle of the summer solstice.
But - as you could probably guess - the festival doesn't turn out to be the idyllic retreat they'd hoped for; rather, they find themselves in the clutches of a barbaric and sinister cult.
me: i love this horror movie
person: ugh how can you like that movie it's so gross and upsetting!
me:...one could even say
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Created by Aster, the genius behind equally scary Hereditary, Midsommar stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren and Will Poulter.
Judging by the response on Twitter, it seems the film has proven that a horror can terrify the life out of you without everything being all dark and gloomy all the time.
Even so, that's not stopping people from giving it a watch - some even for the first time.
"There are many images from #Midsommar that are so horrifying they have been permanently seared into my brain," wrote one user. "I see flashes them of them at random. Damn you, Ari!"
Another said: "Just watched Midsommar on Netflix. Turns out you don't need big aliens and jump scares to make an absolutely horrifying, bats*** crazy film."
Meanwhile, some are wondering whether to take the plunge: "I've never seen Midsommar and my question is if I watch it right now will I be able to sleep tonight?
"I hate everything horror, anything scary and gory. So.... I'm probably gonna watch it, I mean... I don't live near any cults so I think I'm good."
Last but not least, one person who went ahead and watched Midsommar for the first time described it as 'so disturbing I can't sleep now'.
If you like the idea of being scarred for life and you don't really care for sleep, Midsommar could be the film for you. Watch it on Netflix now.
Words: Daisy Phillipson
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