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5 Movies to Watch Before ‘Midsommar’

Ari Aster’s Hereditary was the horror film of 2018, making tongue-clicking and chalkboards the stuff of nightmares. Now, the latest Ari Aster film Midsommar is here to make us even more afraid of pagan rituals, daylight, and worst of all, graduate students.

In Midsommar, a group of students travels to Sweden to experience a midsummer festival and find something much more horrifying. Before you check out Aster’s daylight horror flick, you should prepare for the scares by watching some of the movies that inspired Midsommar and some of the films that reflect the same kind of folk horror. 

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Ari Aster | Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

So, while you wait for Midsommar to come out on DVD and digital streaming platforms, check out these movies. 

5) ‘The Village’ 

Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan, The Village is a great introduction to folk and cult horror with its hauntingly quiet tone and overwhelmingly rural atmosphere. 

In this psychological horror film, a village of people lives quietly in isolation and fear of the creatures that roam in the woods. The people have a tense agreement with the creatures: if they stay away from the woods, they will not be harmed. When a villager becomes sick, another villager has no choice but to venture through the woods over to the next town to find supplies and medicine. 

The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Adrien Brody, and William Hurt. 

4) ‘The Witch’ 

Colonial times were an absolute nightmare on their own without any help from the supernatural. In this period horror piece by filmmaker, Robert Eggers, we can see the pure terror that is bred from suspicion, grief, and paranoia. 

In 17th century New

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