Ari Aster’s sophomore effort Midsommar is more than the modern Wicker Man. This 2019 film continues this new cinematic star’s take on family, feelings, and fate. And Ari did his homework; taking a deep look into Swedish historical context before creating his own culture in this daylight horror offering.

As Midsommar opens, protagonist Dani is having the worst year ever. Eventually she decides to tag along on a boys trip to Sweden for the Midsommar festival. Things start out trippy and bright and don’t let up. So much so by the end no one knows which way is up and the lights are so bright they’re blinding.

How long until the sobering reality hits and things turn dark? You’ll have to “do as the Romans do” and find out for yourself.

With an IMDB rating of 7.2/10, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer of 83% and Audience Score of 63%, I give Midsommar a 7.5/10.