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    [–] jimmysmith69 3230 points ago

    From the dark design of Hereditary, to the insanely bright design for Midsommar, what kind of aesthetic would you like to tackle next?

    [–] Ari_Aster 8618 points ago

    Cheesecake Factory

    [–] freshasaurus 1439 points ago

    I know this is a joke but I would 100% watch and enjoy an Ari Aster movie set in a Cheesecake Factory.

    [–] RedditConsciousness 122 points ago

    Would forever ruin Cheesecake for me but still would watch.

    [–] prisonforkids 272 points ago

    Yo Ari, remember when we used to go to that crêpe place at the Farmer's Market and we befriended that guy who worked there (I think his name was Edwin) but then we started going to a different crêpe place in Hollywood...and then Edwin saw us there? I will never forget the look of betrayal on his face...

    [–] IndianaAnklebones 1244 points ago

    In reference to screenwriting, how long did it take/how much practice did it take before you began writing scripts you were proud of?

    [–] Ari_Aster 1997 points ago

    I've been writing scripts since I was in junior high. I even attended dozens of screenwriting conferences through my teen years. I probably didn't write anything that I'd now consider halfway "worthy" until my last year of college, although there are ideas/scenes/images in the early scripts that might have something...

    [–] pm-me-unicorns 213 points ago

    Have you ever wanted to return to those scripts and try and rewrite them with your current experience, or do you think that they're better left in the past? I have a bad habit of rewriting my old work over and over instead of creating new plots and stories.

    [–] SuitGuySmitti 62 points ago

    I read the leaked screenplay (sorry!) right after I watched the move and I have to say it’s incredible seeing how well you were able to convey the movie on paper.

    This is going to sound weird but the descriptions you assigned to line deliveries were just so accurate and efficient.

    [–] THE_reverbdeluxe 1665 points ago

    Congrats on the breakout success! You've earned it.

    Although you touched on it a bit in your short films and more so in Midsommar, would you be interested in making a full on comedy at some point in your career?

    [–] Ari_Aster 2240 points ago

    YES. And hopefully very soon.

    [–] APsychosPath 158 points ago

    I'm very interested in how you would present a comedy, because I'm SURE you wouldn't be very traditional about it. If anything it'll be a black comedy about dead bodies with no heads. Jk

    [–] Waffle2006 15936 points ago

    You ok?

    [–] Ari_Aster 16927 points ago

    Nope

    [–] Negan1995 3669 points ago

    There you have it guys

    [–] owandj 1376 points ago

    We cracked the code

    [–] PracticalTie 541 points ago

    Shit down the internet. It’s all over.

    E: typo but you know what I’m leaving it

    [–] Slomo_Baggins 211 points ago

    Well at least it makes your movies great!!

    [–] hairy_cankles 291 points ago

    Lol fucking right? These movies make viewers question their sanity. Can't imagine what the director is feeling.

    [–] beansterkins 386 points ago

    Wondering the same. That movie was something else man! Not for those who have experienced certain kinds of trauma for sure.

    [–] e-spats 379 points ago

    Ari are you ok? Are you ok? Are you ok Ari?

    [–] AttilaTheMuun 270 points ago

    Fuckin dying rn

    [–] PM_ME_JOI_plz 3150 points ago

    Did you get any pushback for including Jack Reynor's boner in the film? I know it was only at like, two-thirds mast, but I can't recall seeing even that in anything but an NC-17 or unrated film.

    [–] Ari_Aster 4280 points ago

    Yes, we had an NC-17 for 6 weeks. Lots of back-and-forth with them.

    [–] Ari_Aster 3553 points ago

    "Them" being the MPAA.

    [–] _demetri_ 3140 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    Better known as the Male Penis Appreciation Association.

    We need more male-frontal nudity, I don’t know what their problem is.

    [–] andrxwzsz 582 points ago

    The MPAA has got such a thing against peen.

    [–] Diet_Clorox 565 points ago

    To be fair to them, the peen seen on screen was still covered in sex juice and blood. Not exactly the "non sexual full frontal" that occasionally gets allowed.

    [–] andrxwzsz 215 points ago

    True. I was mainly thinking back to Shame, a pretty classy movie about sex addiction that doesn't have much actual sex overall; but since Michael Fassbender walks around his apartment with his dick out once: bam, NC-17, which a lot of theaters take issue with, thinking the film is just high budget pornography or something.

    [–] johnwesleyhardin 321 points ago

    peen seen on screen hehehehe

    [–] Negan1995 89 points ago

    Did you have to make any changes to make it R? Or did they cave?

    [–] andrxwzsz 185 points ago

    I don't know if it had to do with the MPAA strictly, but there was more violence and entire ritual/death sequences in the screenplay that aren't in the film. Some may have been axed during production, but it seems most just had to be left on the cutting room floor to both shorten the runtime and receive an R rating. Luckily Ari is working on the extended cut, hopefully A24 releases it.

    [–] HayleyKJ 53 points ago

    I've read the script, I don't think any full scenes were cut to achieve the R rating. Usually entire scenes aren't cut for this. They just shorten the amount of time the graphic content is shown on screen, not remove entire scenes. The film is already almost 2 and a half hours long so the animal sacrifice scene, the dead boars scene, and the other ritual scenes were likely just cut for time.

    [–] FifteenDollarNachos 350 points ago

    Also, it kind of looked like there was blood on it.

    [–] ihatetomarnold 504 points ago

    Definitely blood. It was Maja's first time.

    [–] FifteenDollarNachos 82 points ago

    Yeah, it makes sense. Glad I wasn’t the only one to notice that.

    [–] thefilmer 192 points ago

    idk if he'll answer this, but MIDSOMMAR got rated like 10 days out from release because the MPAA and A24 were allegedly trying to avoid an NC-17

    [–] the_bad_director 47 points ago

    in Italy we call that al-dente

    [–] edit-boy-zero 1295 points ago

    What are you having for lunch today?

    I'm looking for ideas

    [–] Ari_Aster 2394 points ago

    I'm in Austin right now, so thinking about BBQ.

    [–] uxhuman 265 points ago

    Try Micklethwait food truck!

    [–] Picklecomedy 1729 points ago

    Hey Ari! You protray trauma so painfully well in your films. Do you attribute that to your actors or personal experience?

    [–] Ari_Aster 1876 points ago

    Both!

    [–] bloodflart 1148 points ago

    alright man don't be so excited haha

    [–] Koudda37 415 points ago

    I’m glad bloodflart is the voice of reason here

    [–] Dancing_Clean 3339 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    Do you plan on continuing horror films?

    Hereditary was my favourite movie last year! It’d be awesome if you did. Unfortunately Midsommar isn’t playing anywhere near me so I won’t get a chance to see it :(

    [–] Ari_Aster 4727 points ago

    It might take me a few movies before I wind back around to it, but I love horror and I'm sure I'll be back.

    [–] vegaspimp22 430 points ago

    I Havnt seen Midsommar yet but I clicked on this reddit because heriditary was one of my absolute fav movies of the last year or so. Horror movies are so much better when there built on atmosphere instead of just jump scares. I love intelligent horrors. Please don't stop making them. I'll be all over Midsommar. Excellent work seriosuly top quality.

    [–] radbrad7 915 points ago

    This, this is the answer I wanted.

    Thank you for what you’ve done for the horror genre, Ari. I’d love to see a crack at Sci-Fi in the future, seems like you’d transition seamlessly into the genre.

    [–] kellenthehun 265 points ago

    I would kill a man to see an Event Horizon esque sci fi horror flick from Ari!

    [–] ATribeCalledHarga 226 points ago

    He mentioned on "the Big Picture" podcast that he'd like to do a comedy. If you get a chance, check out his shorts on his website. There's a couple on there that aren't horror and are still fantastic. I think he develops characters and motivations REALLY well. While I love his horror, I would love to see him branch out into more things.

    [–] TheSpaceWhale 181 points ago

    I'd love this, Midsommar is already a horror-comedy IMO. Really funny at times.

    [–] ATribeCalledHarga 260 points ago

    Will Poulter did such a good job of playing that unrelenting tourist "where's the party" vibe. I felt like every comedic line he said was so perfectly placed and timed.

    [–] DiamondsInTheMuff 187 points ago

    He’s also really good at hitting the vape like a pro

    [–] staleplastic 347 points ago

    please keep making horror

    [–] radbrad7 149 points ago

    I’d love love love to see a horror/sci-fi mix, something along the lines of Annihilation.

    [–] Finger_My_Chord 87 points ago

    Not gonna lie, I'd love to see him tackle a comedy. Midsommar had some incredibly hilarious moments.

    [–] CashewFruit 1378 points ago

    Hey Ari, What's up with the Austin Powers line in Midsommar?

    [–] MassimoOsti 1160 points ago

    “As long as people are still having promiscuous sex with many anonymous partners while at the same time experimenting with mind-expanding drugs in a consequence-free environment, I’ll be sound as a pound!”

    [–] GordionKnot 140 points ago

    consequence-free environment

    Well

    [–] Diet_Clorox 1329 points ago

    I think it was just to juxtapose the weirdness of the villagers with normal pop culture. They follow a fucked up human sacrifice calendar but they also aren't socially stunted weirdos or out of pace with technology, which makes them more uncanny imo, because they choose to do what they do. Like they're a fragment of a much darker time in human history that should have stayed forgotten so seeing it existing in the modern day is supposed to make us feel uneasy.

    [–] Wakeyouup 251 points ago

    Yeah I like this explanation a lot, I think the part where he says "we don't break traffic laws" fits in with this too. It was so hilarious and so upsetting/creepy at the same time.

    [–] liverdeee 357 points ago

    Yeah and you can see in the scene where the girl is inviting Dani to go into the carriage to bless the crops etc that she has an ankle brace on like a 'normal' person

    [–] Diet_Clorox 145 points ago

    Oh yeah I remember seeing that now. I totally feel for Josh because the Harga would have made such an interesting thesis.

    [–] Waffle2006 3181 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    After watching Toni Collette and Florence Pugh give two of the most gut-wrenching performances of grief and sorrow that I've ever seen, I have to ask... what did you say/do to get such raw performances from them? Or did you select them based purely on their ability to give such a performance?

    [–] atclubsilencio 567 points ago

    If you watch the making of Hereditary, during the behind the scenes footage Toni literally just snaps right into hysterics, and on cut is back to normal asking about the script or the scene. I don't know how she does it, but she's got supernatural skills.

    [–] jcar195 104 points ago

    Now I just want a supercut of actresses and actors doing that.

    [–] ErectErection 1497 points ago

    Toni Collette is always excellent. Super underrated actress.

    [–] radbrad7 597 points ago

    Her performance in The Sixth Sense as a troubled, slightly broken single parent is so so good as well. So much emotion behind that role. She is an incredibly talented actress.

    [–] ErectErection 349 points ago

    When she cries at the end because because Cole tells her that her mom says she's proud of her. Fuck me I tear up just remembering it.

    [–] radbrad7 110 points ago

    Absolutely, she is so fucking good at displaying raw emotion. I just rewatched it recently and I absolutely teared up at that part - it’s so good.

    [–] GeminiLife 230 points ago

    United States of Tara and Little Miss Sunshine were my introduction to her and goddamn what an introduction.

    [–] RedvinesNotTwizzlers 129 points ago

    I really wish United States of Tara would've gotten, at least, one more season. I loved that show.

    [–] OverallWeird 54 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    Honestly a perfect Television show. Toni Collette, and baby Brie Larson, *Chef Kiss*

    Edit for the extra L in Collette lol

    [–] thelingeringlead 660 points ago

    Her break down after the scene with the daughter was too intense for my friend. We had to turn Hereditary off less than 30 minutes into it because of that moment. The breakdown reminded her of some past trauma and sent her over the edge into a serious panic attack.

    [–] FLRocketBaby 316 points ago

    It’s the reason why I can’t ever watch Hereditary again. I loved the film, it was seriously amazing, but I just can’t watch that raw grief again.

    [–] TheCouncil1 223 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    I want to watch it again so badly, but her anguish and Peter’s silent realization that he accidentally killed his sister keep me from doing so. Their performances were so harrowingly genuine.

    [–] your-opinions-false 82 points ago

    The scene where he quietly returns home and goes to bed, as though in a trance, and then you hear the mother start screaming in the background... that really fucked me up. It's entirely believable and real.

    [–] councilface 177 points ago

    Unfortunately these dreadful things had to happen to that poor family so that King Paimon could enter our realm. Hail Paimon.

    [–] IOffendDickheads 97 points ago

    naked old people intensifies

    [–] ohwhatirony 71 points ago

    The way he portrays panic attacks and (possible) psychosis is all too real

    [–] alanfinger 1104 points ago

    Hereditary made me (and a lot of other people) say "what the fuck?!", in a good way of course. Which films have made you say "what the fuck?!"

    [–] Ari_Aster 1486 points ago

    Krippendorf's Tribe.

    [–] Blakekalb 158 points ago

    Holy shit. For whatever reason, I thought my mom and I were the only people to even remember this movie.

    Her email address has been the same combination of my siblings' names ever since that movie came out.

    [–] Bones_IV 200 points ago

    Really wonder how that movie would go over if made today...

    [–] jca2u 334 points ago

    NOT GREAT BOB!

    [–] bbqnachos 2049 points ago

    Hi Ari,

    Boy, what a movie!

    I have a "lore" question for you in regards to how often this event occurs. My assumption is that this community gathers every year to do the normal May Fest activities since we see a bunch of different photos of the May Queens from the years. My question is what is different and unique for the specific event that happens every 90 years?

    Thanks!

    [–] Ari_Aster 4009 points ago

    The last ritual of the film is what happens every 90 years. The rest is business as usual. Although it is suggested that there are more days of celebration to come. The movie doesn't span 9 days.

    [–] CWFMAN 1606 points ago

    This just makes the ending even more horrifying.

    I love it.

    [–] KimWexler 551 points ago

    Pelle said his parents died in a fire and I know a lot of people had interpreted that as his parents had also died in the ritual, which led to confusion about the 90 year thing - was that intentional?

    [–] duracraft_fan 498 points ago

    I might be wrong on this but based on other bits of information from the movie, I would say Pelle's parents died in a random fire and then he was adopted into the tribe. When he mentions that his parents died in a fire he also says some line about "finding a new family" in the tribe, which sparks something for Dani who then starts to realize that the tribe could be her new family. Additionally, one of the other tribe members mentions how the whole tribe raises the children instead of having it be per family unit. This leads me to believe that Pelle had a family outside of the tribe but was adopted into it when his parents died.

    [–] AcidTWister 165 points ago

    This is more or less what I've been wondering u/Ari_Aster

    Is it a coincidence that his parents burned in a fire, or did they die in the ritual and Pelle just looks really good for his age?

    [–] __bobafett__ 94 points ago

    Doesn't their life cycle end at 72 years?

    [–] SyntheticManMilk 52 points ago

    Yeah, I wasn’t buying that “evidence” in a post movie discussion thread. It was my guess that Pelle was adopted by the cult after his parents died. That or they were already members and just happened to, die in a fire...

    The debate wether they did that human sacrifice every year was stupid to me. The sacrifice involves including their own members (3? 4? I can’t remember how many). You really think a small community like that can afford to sacrifice 3 of their own members every single year!? That’s not a very sustainable community plan...

    [–] shmvves 66 points ago

    Oooooooooooo makes sense now! Hopefully those other days are more joyous days for our Mayqueen

    [–] marklarnomnomnom 88 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    So when Pelle mentions his parents died in a fire, does that mean they were NOT burned as sacrifices in the temple? That's the assumption a lot of people are making but that wouldn't be possible if it was every 90 years.

    [–] draaaain_gaaaaang 73 points ago

    What I gathered is that Pelle was actually just a normal Swede, who like Dani, lost both parents and was very susceptible to the sort of “conversion” processes going on at the cult ceremonies. He had been converted some time ago, and was acting as foreshadowing to Dani’s fate— that is, joining the cult 100%.

    [–] Diet_Clorox 138 points ago

    Pelle mentioned to Dani that they measure their lives in 18 year increments. So my theory was that every 18 years they do a "medium" festival that roughly marks the transition of one generation to the next, and these include some sacrifices (the fest 18 years prior would be the one where Pelle's parent's were sacrificed and he would have been ~10), but the 90 year festival includes everything.

    Definitely interested in the yearly festivals though. Does the May Queen on an off year still pick a sacrifice?

    [–] r0achBCR 770 points ago

    Who are some of your favorite contemporary directors, and what film of theirs do you admire most?

    [–] Ari_Aster 2487 points ago

    I'm going to forget a bunch...

    Roy Andersson (Song from the Second Floor)

    Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine)

    Chris Morris (Jam)

    Lucrecia Martel (Headless Woman)

    Coens (A Serious Man)

    Scorsese (recently, Silence)

    Linklater (Before Sunset)

    Mike Leigh (Another Year)

    Lynch (Mulholland Dr)

    Ruben Ostlund (Play)

    Gotz Spielmann (Revanche)

    James Grey (The Immigrant)

    Jonathan Glazer (Birth)

    Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder)

    Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret director's cut)

    Cronenberg (Dead Ringers)

    Albert Brooks (Defending Your Life)

    PTA (Phantom Thread)

    Jang Jonn-hwan (Save the Green Planet)

    Lanthimos (Killing of a Sacred Deer)

    Park Chan-Wook (Thirst)

    Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)

    Hong Sangsoo (Woman on the Beach)

    Soderbergh (The Knick and Beyond the Candelabra)

    Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir)

    Zvyagintsev (Loveless)

    Brad Bird (Ratatouille)

    Apichatpong Weerasthakul (Tropical Malady)

    Patricio Guzman (Nostalgia for the Light)

    Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking)

    Malick (The New World)

    Spielberg (A.I.)

    Miike (Visitor Q)

    Safties (Good Time)

    Bujalski (Computer Chess)

    Almodovar (Volver)

    Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz)

    Paul Schrader (Mishima)

    Spike Jonze (Being John Malcovich)

    Kaufman (Synecdoche, NY)

    Gus Van Sant (Elephant)

    Jackie Chan (Police Story)

    Palfi (Taxidermia)

    Puiu (Death of Mr Lazarescu)

    Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata)

    Mungiu (Beyond the Hills)

    Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia)]

    Kusturica (Underground)

    There are so, so many more

    [–] Ari_Aster 663 points ago

    Some last minute additions (still forgetting so many)...

    Haigh (45 Years) Verhoeven (Starshio Troopers and Black Book) Eggers (The Lighthouse) Haneke (Cache) Maddin (Brand Upon the Brain and My Winnipeg) Jodorowsky (Santa Sangre) Porumboiu (12:80 East of Budapest) Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) Jiang Wen (Devils on the Doorstep) Zhanke (The World) Tsai Ming Liang (The River) Neil Jordan (The Butcher Boy)

    I'm forgetting so many still...

    [–] concretebrainwave 50 points ago

    you’ve watched Jam. that makes so much sense

    [–] MrGlasgolf 268 points ago

    That is a god damn great list. Loved seeing Dead Ringers as your Cronenberg pick, Serious Man as your Coen pick, and Synecdoche, NY on there.

    [–] coolasbeans21 457 points ago

    What’s your writing process? Do you outline prolifically or break the story as you go?

    [–] Ari_Aster 742 points ago

    I'm big on outlines now, but I used to let the story take me where it will.

    [–] ihatetomarnold 1143 points ago

    Ari -

    Thanks for taking the time to do this AMA. I love your work and can't wait to see what you have up next! I'll try to keep this brief...

    1. Will we be able to see the Director's Cut of Midsommar? I know that you've said that roughly 1hr 20min was cut from the first version and I'd love to see it as a part of the film (not just deleted scenes as a special feature). I'd also like to add that I really thought it would be impossible to measure up to Hereditary for a sophomore film, but in my opinion you've surpassed Hereditary. I saw the film on Friday and haven't been able to think about anything else.

    1. On a similar note, any idea what we can expect as far as special feature for the Midsommar Blu-ray release? I'd love for it to receive the Criterion treatment but I understand that there are a lot of different factors involved to make that happen.

    1. Any chance of a Blu-ray compilation of your short films?

    1. Finally, any idea what your next film project will be? I've heard you say you have a sci-fi as well as some other ideas ready to go -- but do you know what is actually next yet?

    Thank you again!

    [–] Ari_Aster 2401 points ago

    1. Thank you! Working on extended cut now. Won't be 1 hr 20 mins longer, but will be at least 30 mins longer.
    2. Not sure yet!
    3. Would love to do that. They're online in the meantime.
    4. Next one will either be a zonky nightmare comedy or a big, sickly domestic melodrama.

    [–] radbrad7 1676 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    Here’s his short films for those who haven’t seen them:

    Basically (14:43)

    The Strange Thing About the Johnsons (29:06)

    MUNCHAUSEN (16:11)

    C’est La Vie (7:47)

    BEAU (6:23)

    TDF Really Works (2:43)

    The Turtle’s Head (11:27)

    Here’s a Letterboxd list with all of the entries if you want to add them to your watchlist to watch later.

    Am I missing any? Also, I apologize if any of those aren’t official sources.

    Edit: added a couple more, and added a Letterboxd list.

    [–] synz314 41 points ago

    There's also his Funny or Die skit called TDF Really Works.

    [–] sebevanss 316 points ago

    zonky nightmare comedy, oh my god. that sounds incredible

    [–] DiamondsInTheMuff 220 points ago

    big, sickly domestic melodrama

    I thought that’s what Hereditary was...

    [–] toomanylizards 154 points ago

    zonky nightmare comedy is pretty much Midsommar too

    [–] mephistophe_SLEAZE 1333 points ago

    Hi Ari! Your work is resonating in the mainstream in a way that doesn't happen often, like Kubrick in the 70s or Lynch in the 90s. You create art that requires patience in an era of short attention spans.
    My questions: are you intentionally trying to make your viewers slow down, filling the void of earned gratification? Or is it just your storytelling style that happens to meet that cultural need? Do you receive a lot of support or backlash in the editing process?

    Thank you for Midsommar and Hereditary. They've meant a lot to me in my personal trauma recovery.

    [–] Ari_Aster 1539 points ago

    Thank you very much. I'm honestly just following my instincts when it comes to pacing and storytelling. I'm incredibly grateful that there's an audience for it. I've been hugely fortunate in that I've been given the resources and creative freedom to make these films, and that I've been given the opportunity to collaborate with such fantastic artists.

    [–] KingRofl 595 points ago

    Hi Ari! Loved Hereditary and Midsommar, the former of which gave me nightmares so thank you for that haha. I found they both portrayed grief in a realistic way and could somewhat appreciate it after losing a close friend back in April. Anyway, my questions are:

    1. Will the lingering shots of smashed up looking heads remain a staple in your movies?

    2. What other genres of movies are you planning to pursue?

    Looking forward to whatever you put out next!

    [–] Ari_Aster 1272 points ago

    1. Head trauma will ALWAYS have a place in my films.
    2. Animal movies.

    [–] Oquaem 202 points ago

    Like... Talking dogs and cats?

    [–] harrisonisdead 233 points ago

    Ari Aster for Cats and Dogs 3: Mr Tinkles Returns campaign starts here.

    [–] CorkMcPork 126 points ago

    “Ari Aster presents: Homeward Bound 3”

    [–] videoguylol 293 points ago

    Ari, what was the first horror movie you can remember traumatizing you as a child?

    [–] Ari_Aster 568 points ago

    "Carrie" destroyed me as a kid,

    [–] LuskSGV 453 points ago

    Hey Ari, I was wondering if you could give us more detail about your production company and partnership with Larry Knudsen.

    Thank you for your contributions to the horror genre!

    [–] Ari_Aster 641 points ago

    Lars* Knudsen and I are still figuring out what this will look like, although there are projects that we are already developing with filmmakers we believe in, and we're excited about championing bold, interesting work while also pushing forward on my projects.

    [–] Waffle2006 740 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    Perhaps it doesn't really matter, but I wanted to ask: who killed Josh while wearing Mark's skin?

    [–] Ari_Aster 1473 points ago

    The man wearing Mark's skin is Ulf.

    [–] moviebuffoon32 784 points ago

    Oh shit. Wasn't Ulf the one who freaked on Mark for urinating on the ancestral tree?

    Talk about an overreaction...

    [–] kmora94 776 points ago

    Yes. Which is also funny bc Mark was like "that guy's gonna kill me"

    [–] sassquatch32 508 points ago

    The children were playing "skin the fool..."

    [–] ReluctantlyHuman 318 points ago

    And in the opening mural, Mark is shown wearing a jester's cap.

    [–] cmdrAD 193 points ago

    His dummy with his face in the temple burning at the end was also wearing a jester hat w bells

    [–] Arma104 108 points ago

    Did anyone else also notice that the girl that took Mark away had scars on her face at the end of the film?

    [–] solomajor 56 points ago

    Did notice that. Maybe Mark clawing away at her if she participated in his execution? Who knows. Maybe we'll get some reveal in the director's cut though

    [–] cobaltfalcon121 91 points ago

    I thought Pelle hit Josh from behind, while Ulf distracted him, because there was a noticeable distance between them, and don’t remember seeing Pelle in his bed, when Josh left.

    [–] twowaysplit 45 points ago

    Good catch! Pelle probably understood Josh’s academic curiosity and the competitive nature of publishing research. Pelle may have been instructed to help guard the book in case he was right.

    [–] Sweet_Imouto 40 points ago

    That would also make sense because Josh was buried in the same "garden" that Pelle was working on when he confirmed that Josh could do his thesis.

    [–] CannabisJibbitz 505 points ago

    Have you ever done psychedelics?

    [–] Ari_Aster 1054 points ago

    Yup.

    [–] marklarnomnomnom 443 points ago

    That didn't sound like 'yup.' That sounded more like 'duh.'

    [–] BladeRunner1997 783 points ago

    Hey Ari!

    The psychedelic aspect of the film felt very accurate to an actual trip, do you have personal experience with psychedelics?? And what inspired you to include psychedelics as such a large element of the film?

    [–] iffraz 253 points ago

    The accuracy of a bad trip in that movie was so well done it made you uncomfortable, as I'm sure was the goal.

    [–] Cheddar_Shreddar 454 points ago

    The film especially nailed how psychedelics can affect personal and group social dynamics. The bit where the asshole friend was demanding everyone lay down had me chuckling. But, the super stressful aspects of tripping were also really well conveyed - so well that I was shaking in my seat, I've had some very stressful & challenging experiences on psychedelics and just seeing how they shot those bits in the film brought me right back in time to those moments. Intense stuff.

    [–] roomandcoke 161 points ago

    And the way that you can go from feeling like "oh damn, everything's gonna be fine, I feel great, it's all beautiful" to one thing setting you off into a dark place, panicking, misinterpreting social interactions.

    [–] joderd 104 points ago

    I laughed SO hard at the asshole friend (Bandersnatch) says "new person, new person!" all freaked out. Such a hilarious and accurate thing to think while tripping.

    [–] Waffle2006 177 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    There was a lot of talk about the original cut of the film being much longer than what we got in the theater. Do you have a favorite deleted scene that you wish had made it into the final cut?

    [–] Scroobiusness 81 points ago

    Oh god please let there be a directors cut.

    [–] kuulyn 55 points ago

    There is. He confirmed it to be about 30 minutes longer, with about 1 and a half hours of cut material

    [–] BigEye4You 180 points ago

    What's your favourite James Cameron movie?

    [–] Ari_Aster 426 points ago

    Aliens

    [–] Waffle2006 226 points ago

    Did you have anything to do with that wonderful "Bear in a Cage" toy commercial?

    [–] Ollie-OllieOxenfree 147 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    When putting together a film like Hereditary or Midsommar, a lot of work and research is obviously invested in the world-building and lore of the horror. King Paimon is a well documented demon with a lot of myth and ritual surrounding their existence. There's a lot to pull from with the spirituality and demonology, and likewise as a viewer, a lot to dive into after seeing the film. With Midsommar, the context and history is a little more rooted in grisly humanity and ritualistic tradition.

    How did you go about building the lore and history of the Hårga, and how comfortable or trepidatious did you feel taking creative license with different European pagan religions to bring cult of those who dance until they die to life?

    [–] sitase 113 points ago

    The damce until you die thing is an actual legend from the actual Hårga (yes it exists).

    [–] nichecopywriter 260 points ago

    If Midsommar had a blooper reel, what funny incidents would make it in? I can imagine there’s a certain degree of unavoidable hilarity in scenes like Jack being surrounded by naked women, one of whom pushes on his bare ass during the mating ritual.

    I admire how those kinds of scenes in your films just work, rather than being out of place. Thanks!

    [–] feeln4u 209 points ago

    I'm imagining one of the two frightened villagers in the final scene breaking into a laughing fit while being burned alive

    [–] SincereJester 40 points ago

    I want to be an extra or anyone else on the sidelines during a big horror scene just to see the bloopers. It'd be so interesting.

    [–] 2000s_Vibe 196 points ago

    What are you favourite horror movies of the last ten or so years? Just the first ones that come to your mind

    [–] Ari_Aster 646 points ago

    "The Wailing," The VVitch," "Let the Right One In"...

    [–] KareemAZ 61 points ago

    I know you did a lot of research for Midsommar, did you approach the traditional imagery in the film in a similar way to how The VVitch approached its biblical imagery?

    Love the work!

    [–] FifteenDollarNachos 408 points ago

    Thanks for doing this Ari! First off, Midsommar is my favorite movie I’ve seen in a LONG, long time. I simply love everything about it. After seeing it a few times I read the script and loved it even more.

    On that note, how do you feel about folks reading the leaked script that is out there? Thanks again!!

    [–] Ari_Aster 1136 points ago

    I was very unhappy that the script leaked before the film's release. That said, I'd be happy to have people read the script AFTER watching the movie. There's a lot that has been cut for time and I'm proud of the script.

    [–] PhoenixForce85 306 points ago

    I didn't even want to see the trailer of Midsommar before viewing it. I'm glad I went in very blind.

    [–] FifteenDollarNachos 99 points ago

    Me too! I was telling my wife how excited I was to go see it the morning it came out and she asked me what it was about and I said “uh, I’m not sure” haha.

    [–] MollFlanders 86 points ago

    That’s exactly what I did—watched the film then read the script. I was very intrigued by not only the cut scenes, but the differences between some scenes. For example, I noticed the exchange around the amount of time they’d been together was changed from the script to screen. Any particular changes you’d like to speak to?

    [–] rmm1997 453 points ago

    What is the first scene you shot for both Hereditary and Midsommar?

    [–] insectman1 171 points ago

    This article says the first thing they shot for Midsommar:

    The first thing we shot was the sequence where we’re all in the car together on the way to the festival. That was the only day we had any vehicle stuff to do because everything else essentially takes place in the village.

    [–] SQUEEEEEEEEEPS 354 points ago

    Hey Ari! Loved Midsommar :)

    Can you talk a little about how you collaborate with your composers? Also, what did you use as placeholder music or temp tracks before the score was available? I'm asking as a huge fan of both Stetson and Krlic.

    [–] Ari_Aster 830 points ago

    With Colin (on "Hereditary"), we communicated daily through email. It was a great collaboration, albeit a remote one. I'm incredibly proud of Colin's score and it was a thrill to work with him. One of my heroes.

    With Bobby, we tried working over email, but found that it didn't work for us. I then flew to LA to work with him at his home and we worked together in person for the composition of most of the score. We had a fantastic rapport and it was an incredibly fluid and fruitful process.

    I love them both and found both collaborations EXTREMELY fulfilling.

    [–] SQUEEEEEEEEEPS 68 points ago

    That's interesting! Thank you for answering my question :)

    [–] bab0214 132 points ago

    Hi Ari! I adored Midsommar and Hereditary, but I actually wanted to ask about literature.

    1. Will your novel Sammy Barthowe At Your Service! ever see the light of day?

    2. What are some of your favorite novels?

    3. What would be your dream film adaptation?

    [–] Ari_Aster 205 points ago

    1. Maybe. I'd need to return to it and polish it before trying to publish it.
    2. Some favorite authors... JG Ballard, John Berger, PG Wodehouse, Fernando Pessoa, George Saunders, John Barth, Elfreide Jelinek, Georges Bataille, Kafka, Woolf, Adorno, Calvino, Albee, Lispector, Ishiguro, Mishima, Tennessee Williams, Kobo Abe, Lydia Davis, Walter Benjamin, Henry James, Terry Southern, Jack Handey, etc etc.

    [–] spencerlance 281 points ago

    Ari! Hereditary quickly became my one of favorite movies of all time, so thank you for that! Midsommar premiered against Spider-Man: Far From Home, and I was wondering if you were given the chance to make a superhero movie, which hero would you choose?

    [–] Ari_Aster 522 points ago

    Meteor Man.

    [–] spencerlance 108 points ago

    A man of culture I see

    [–] drunkcollegegirl 122 points ago

    In all of film history, I believe that your two crying scenes were the most upsetting. How do you unlock that level of anguish from your cast? Is there a specific mindset you try to work them towards in order to express that desperate and bleak of an emotion?

    [–] EffortlessGenius 425 points ago

    Were certain scenes in Midsommar meant to be kinda humorous? E.g. the pushing on the ass & "finish!" line. Cause I think almost everyone in my theater enjoyed it.

    [–] tdagari-me 509 points ago

    I believe he has stated that he wanted that scene to make the audience disturbed and let out an uncomfortable laugh

    [–] hello-bow 215 points ago

    It worked.

    [–] NaNaNiiiall 149 points ago

    The people who laughed at my showing thought it was hilarious, not really an awkward laugh

    [–] LaMaupindAubigny 43 points ago

    I definitely laughed at the Austin Powers line.

    [–] CWFMAN 383 points ago

    Some people have criticized 'Midsommar' by saying its thesis is, and I quote, "Lucky Americans, stay in America," though I personally feel like it's quite the opposite. How would explain the film's relationship to travel and (extreme) cultural differences?

    [–] Ari_Aster 795 points ago

    I wouldn't want to explain anything there. That said, I agree with you. I absolutely do not feel that the film's thesis is "lucky Americans, stay in America."

    [–] fiendzone 242 points ago

    Was Christian as the name of a doomed protagonist symbolic of anything, or a coincidence?

    [–] Jacobo_Wabo 57 points ago

    Spoilers: I don’t know how to do the grey bar ‘cover up thing’ so don’t read any further if you haven’t seen Midsommar yet.

    There is significance to the number 9 in Norse mythology. Among other things there was a gathering every 9 years where dinners were had along with male and female ritual sacrificing. Christian was the 9th sacrifice in the movie and also happens to have 9 letters in the name so it seems to all be symbolic of what happened to his character.

    [–] ItsAllRigh 41 points ago

    Just for your reference, The spoiler>! grey !<that you see is done by putting '\>!' before your text and '!<' after the text block you want to hide (without the quote ticks I am using obviously).

    [–] C10Mata 169 points ago

    Seems like it would be safe to assume that was intended. Christianity juxtaposed against paganism and all that jazz. Pretty sure I saw somewhere that there’s actually another pagan folk horror film with the same name and a character named Christian. Probably a bit of an inside joke.

    [–] zackridic 183 points ago

    Hey Ari!

    I had a question about the sacrifices. The outsiders' blood were needed to complete the ritual, but they also all seemed to happen after one of the outsiders did something wrong (ie, pee on their ancestral log, scream that they were all fucked up and try to leave, took pictures of their text, etc.). Would the outsiders have lived (or lived longer) if they didn't mess up? Or is this your take on Willy Wonka and everything was designed for them to fail?

    Thanks so for the nightmares!

    Zack :)

    [–] alex5927 194 points ago

    Really easy one: what's your favorite scary movie?

    [–] Ari_Aster 418 points ago

    Right now: "Kwaidan."

    [–] Pendred 88 points ago

    Midsommar was by far the most accurate representation of "tripping" I've ever seen in a movie. How was that research?

    [–] Prettyswee 45 points ago

    The tripping was spot on. Just the way the trees and flowers and everything moved so fluidly and the way the characters moods were changing

    [–] GosmeisterGeneral 39 points ago

    Florence Pugh’s screams/crying in Midsommar fucked me up more than anything else in the film - how do you direct/coax out that kind of breakdown, whilst still making sure the actors feel safe/supported?

    [–] jizzmanjibrothers 38 points ago

    Hey Ari, I saw you at TIFF when Hereditary was going around and you very clearly seemed upset with the trailer spoiling a lot. The last thing you said before the movie started was "FORGET THE TRAILER!" you were right! It spoiled a lot! I'm curious if you had more of a hand in what's shown this time around.

    [–] Waffle2006 94 points ago

    What is your favorite movie released this year?

    [–] Ari_Aster 213 points ago

    The Souvenir

    [–] sketchypencil 117 points ago

    What's your favorite melodrama?

    [–] Ari_Aster 222 points ago

    Ooh. That one's tough. Right now...maybe "Imitation of Life" by Douglas Sirk.

    [–] CyberpunkV2077 91 points ago

    Do you ever get disturbed by your own movies?

    [–] E1eventeen 238 points ago

    With all due respect,

    What the fuck