Written and directed by Ari Aster, Midsommar is a horror movie that was released in 2019. The story revolves around a dysfunctional couple Dani Ardor and Christian Hughes. Dani slips into trauma after her sister kills herself along with the whole family by filling the house with carbon monoxide. The trauma that she goes through after this incident begins to sour the relationship between Dani and Christian.
Christian and his fellow mates then get invited by one of their friends for a Swedish midsummer celebration in rural Hälsingland, Sweden. This celebration happens once every 90 years and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Christian at first does not discuss this trip with Dani as he intends to break up with her because things were not just working out but then an argument happens between them after which he reluctantly invites her, thinking that this might help in mending things between them.
As they reach the festival, they come to know that they have landed themselves in the grasp of a sinister cult that is into practicing Scandinavian paganism.
What makes this movie more exciting and interesting is its ending which is being interpreted by different people differently. The way the movie concludes leaves people amazed and elevates the level of thrill.
The movie was released in the United States on July 3, 2019, and in Sweden, it was released on July 10, 2019, by Nordisk Film.
Florence Pugh is playing the role of Dani Ardor and Jack Reynor is playing Christian Hughes.
We have Gunnel Fred as Siv, Isabelle Grill as Maja, Julia Ragnarsson as Inga, Agnes Rase as Dagny and Mats Blomgren as Odd.
The movie also stars Lars Väringer as Sten, Anna Åström as Karin, Hampus Hallberg as Ingemar, Liv Mjönes as Ulla, Louise Peterhoff as Hanna, Katarina Weidhagen as Ylva, Björn Andrésen as Dan and Tomas Engström as Jarl.
Dag Andersson is in the movie as Sven, Lennart R. Svensson as Mats, Anders Beckman as Arne, Rebecka Johnston as Ulrika, Anders Back as Valentin, Tove Skeidsvoll as Majvor.
We also have Anki Larsson as Irma, Levente Puczkó-Smith as Ruben, Gabriella Fón as Dani’s mother, Zsolt Bojári as Dani’s father, and Klaudia Csányi as Terri Ardor.
Other characters include Vilhelm Blomgren as Pelle, William Jackson Harper as Josh, Ellora Torchia as Connie, Will Poulter as Mark, Archie Madekwe as Simon, and Henrik Norlén as Ulf.
Most of the people who have watched this movie and liked it a lot are curious to know if there are more such movies that they can watch. Well, it’s a normal human tendency that when we like some movie or series, we want to watch more of something like that. So for our dear readers, who liked Midsommar, we have a few movie suggestions which are almost like this one. Read about them below.
25 Movies Like Midsommar
25. The Wicker Man
Directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer, The Wicker Man is a 1973 movie that won the award for Best Horror at the Saturn Awards. The story of this movie is about Sergeant Howie, a policeman with conservative beliefs who goes to Summerisle, a small Scottish island, to search for a missing girl who has been reported to be last seen there.
While continuing his search for the missing girl, he finds that the island is run by a pagan cult led by Lord Summerisle. The discovery of the strange practices of this cult brings him closer to finding the girl.
A very interesting fact about this movie is that Christoper Lee, who is playing the character of Lord Summerisle, did not charge anything for working in this movie because he considered it his honor to be working for this movie. He says that it was one of the most significant roles he has played in his entire career.
The film is very similar to Midsommar, as both films have their themes based on a similar situation i.e. a cult’s bizarre and dangerous practices that put the protagonists’ lives at stake.
24. The Witch
The Witch is a supernatural, horror movie that features the elements of a period drama. Written and directed by Roger Eggers the plot of the film is set in 1630 New England. The story follows Thomasin, the eldest daughter of a puritan family, who gets accused of her siblings’ supernatural disappearances and death. Just like Midsommar, the movie is Based on the concepts of supernatural events, distrust among loved ones, etc.
Hereditary is a supernatural horror movie featuring the elements of mystery and drama. The interesting part is that the movie has been written and directed by Ari Aster, who has also written and directed Midsommar.
Released in 2018, the movie revolves around, the Graham family. The members of this family are significantly get affected by their strange and mysteriously secretive matriarch’s way of leading life after her death. Toni Collette is playing the role of Annie Graham in this movie.
Ari Aster did a remarkable job in this mob and also won the Legion M Breakout Director at the Saturn Awards. Hereditary shares similarities with Midsommar in some ways. For instance, just like Midsommar, it is also a supernatural and horror movie that also showcases mental health, grief, mysterious and supernatural practices, etc.
22. The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse is a psychological horror drama that was released in 2019. Directed and co-written by Roger Eggers, the story is set in New England in the 1890s. The movie is about two lighthouse keepers, Thomas Howard, and Thomas Wake, who have a hard time trying to stay in their senses in a miserable environment surrounded by the burden of having to survive in isolation on a mysterious remote island which is not as normal as it seems to be.
The movie has Robert Pattinson playing the role of Thomas Howard and Willem Defoe in the role of Thomas Blake. The movie was lavished with a lot of appreciation and even earned a nomination at the Oscars for Best Achievement in Cinematography.
Just like Midsommar, this movie highlights the themes of substance abuse, hallucinations, and dark, supernatural events.
21. The Blair Witch Project
Directed and written by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, The Blair Witch Project is a found-footage supernatural horror movie that was released in 1999. The movie revolves around three film students who go to a small town intending to have an adventurous time while documenting the legend of the Blair Witch, a legendary murderer. But things don’t go as planned. Things turn the other way around when they go to shoot in the woods where the Blair Witch supposedly operated as per the legend.
The movie has Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams as the film students who go into the woods. The movie was well appreciated by the critics. It is similar to Midsommar in a way that its story also revolves around a group of students who go to a strange, foreign place where they discuss discover something eerie which puts their lives in danger.
20. Get Out
Get Out is a 2017 horror film with the elements of mystery, thrill, and humor. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, the movie is about Chriss, an African American man, and Rose, his Caucasian girlfriend. Both of them go to meet Rose’s family at their homestead. Rose’s family is not comfortable in accepting their interracial relationship and appears to have terrible horrors in progress for him.
The incredibly good movie won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Just like Midsommar, Get Out also features murderous cults and supernatural events.
Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Us is a 2019 horror film that features the elements of mystery and thriller. The movie revolves around a family which goes on a beach holiday to spend some quality time but ends up being terrorized by a bunch of doppelgangers. The movie was highly praised by the viewers and also won the Saturn Award for Best Horror.
Just like Midsommar, Us is also based on a similar theme of a group of people being terrorized by a cult, which in this case is a group of doppelgangers.
18. Let the Right One In
Let the Right One In is a Swedish drama horror film that was released in 2008. Directed by Tomas Alfredson and written by John Ajvide Lindqvist, the movie has elements of mystery and romance.
The story of the movie is set in the early 1980s in Stockholm. It revolves around Oskar, an introvert, precisely a lonely, 12-yeard-old boy, who is often bullied by people around him. He meets a mysterious girl Eli, who is almost of the same age, and befriends and develops a deep relationship with her.
What Oskar does not know about her is that she has a very dark secret that is related to the recent murders that happened in his town.
The film performed wonderfully and was also nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language at the BAFTAs.
Just like Midsommar, this movie is also set in Sweden and uses its horror, in the case of this movie’s vampirism, to escalate the level of its supernatural themes.
17. Pan’s Labyrinth
Pan’s Labyrinth is a Mexican and Spanish dark fantasy drama movie featuring some elements of horror. Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, the story of the movie is set in Spain, in the time which showcases the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in 1944. The movie is about Ofelia, a young girl, who is a bookworm. She has dreams of escaping to a fantasy world where she doesn’t have to cope with the trauma of living with her stepfather, who is a sadistic maniac, and his brutal, violent, war-stricken world.
The movie was liked by the audience a lot and also won the Best Film Not in the English Language at the BAFTAs.
Like Midsommar, this movie is also based on elements of fantasy, horror, mental trauma, and efforts to cope with traumatic events.
Coraline is an animated dark fantasy horror film that was released in 2009. Written and directed by Henry Selick, the story of Coraline revolves around a lonely and neglected young girl who often remains all by herself. Her life turns around when she finds a mysterious, fantasy world that opens through a small door in her apartment. She gets elated on discovering this new fantasy world which at first appears to be very cheerful and beautiful in comparison to her dull and monotonous life in the real world. Unfortunately, Coraline soon discovers that the lively and happy visuals of this world are just Illusions and that the fantasy world has a very dark and sinister side.
The movie was loved by the viewers and was also nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. Just like Midsommar, the protagonist of this story deals with the mental issues which are the consequence of isolation and finds solace in a strange place that turns out to be sinister.
15. Cabin in the Woods
Cabin in the Woods is a horror film that has the element of comedy as well to balance out the horror that this movie shows. Directed and co-written by Drew Goddard, the story is about a group of 5 college friends who go on a vacation to a remote cabin in the forest to have a good and adventurous time. The group of friends finds themselves being secretly toyed with by two scientists, for some sinister reasons of their own, who unleash ghoulish monsters amongst them that attempt to kill them one by one.
The movie was highly praised by critics, especially because of the way the makers have maintained a balance between horror and comedy. The movie also attained the Saturn Award for Best Horror film.
The movie is very similar to Midsommar as it also has a sinister and horror genre and the terrific events in which the group of young students landed themselves while they were trying to have a good time.
14. Green Room
Green Room is a horror film featuring the elements of thriller and slasher. Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, the movie was released in 2015.
The story of the movie follows a punk-rock band who are struggling to fight for their survival while they get trapped in a neo-Nazi skinhead bar. They were trapped because they had witnessed a brutal murder happening at their hands.
The critics highly appreciated the movie and the movie was successful in securing a spot on the National Board of Review’s Top Ten Independent Films of 2016.
The movie is quite similar to Midsommar because of its slasher genre and storyline that revolves around a group of individuals who discover a brutal cult and end up endangering their lives.
13. Hour of the Wolf
Hour of the Wolf is a Swedish drama horror film that was released long back in 1968. Directed by Ingmar Bergman, the story of this movie is about Johan Borg, a struggling artist who goes on vacation to an isolated Scandinavian island and starts getting disturbing visions and delusions. He struggles to fight these visions and has a hard time dealing with them. He suspects that the sinister visions he is getting are the work of a neighboring cult.
Just like Midsommar, this movie is also based on the theme where a person goes out to have a good time but ends up getting trapped by a cult.
Suspiria is an Italian supernatural horror film that was released long back in 1977. It was co-written and directed by Dario Argento. The story is about Suzy, an American ballet dancer who is traveling to Germany to attend a prestigious ballet school. With the dream of becoming a successful ballet dancer, she goes to Germany but after a series of brutal murders happen to some of its students, she realizes that the ballet school is a front for something supernaturally sinister.
Just like Midsommar, this movie also revolves around the murder of a group of students by a cult-like group.
Mother! is a psychological horror film that was released in 2017. Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, the story is about a young woman who is married to a poet who lives a very peaceful life together in their beautiful mansion.
The poet and the woman’s peaceful lives get disturbed by the arrival of many uninvited guests who are heartily welcomed by her husband. But these guests turn out to be very dangerous ones, putting her life at stake.
Just like Midsommar, Mother! also shows a couple trying to strengthen their fragile relationship.
10. The Invitation
The Invitation is a horror movie that was released in 2015. The movie is directed by Karyn Kusama. Phill Hay and Matt Manfredi are the writers of this movie.
The story of this movie is about Will, who accepts an invitation, along with his new girlfriend Kira. The invitation is to a dinner party which is being hosted by his ex-wife, Eden, and her new husband that too at Will’s old house. Will, later on, finds out that the host couple has dangerous motives planned for them.
Like Midsommar, the movie showcases a couple trying to mend their relationship and a cult trying to endanger their lives.
9. The Children Of The Corn
The Children of the Corn is a very old horror, mystery film which was released in 1984. Directed by Fritz Kiersch, the film is based on Stephen King’s very popular short story of the same name.
The story revolves around Burt, and Vicky, who find themselves in a small town whose entire population is made up of a cult of children who believe in killing everyone over 18 years old as a sacrifice for their deity.
Like Midsommar, this movie also showcases cult practices.
8. Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz is a British mystery-thriller comedy movie that was released in 2007. The movie is about Nicholas Angel, a police constable, from London. He has been promoted to sergeant but unfortunately, he is transferred against his will, for being too good at his job. He is transferred to a small village where he finds out some houses which dwell a terrible secret related to gruesome murders.
The film has a concept of cult and gruesome murders which is very similar to Midsommar.
Jaws is a horror film which released long back in 1975. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and co-written by Peter Benchley, who wrote the book on which this film is based.
The story of the movie is about police chief Martin Brody, and Matt Hooper, who is a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter Quint. The three of them go on a quest to hunt down a man-eating shark that has terrorized a beach community.
Just like Midsommar, Jaws also shows horror events that occur in daylight, unlike other horror movies.
6. The Thing
The Thing is a science fiction horror film that was released long back in 1982. The movie is about R.J. MacReady, a helicopter pilot, and Doctor Blair who is the camp doctor leading a research team that is trying to capture a beast that can take the shape of its victim before it kills everyone.
Just like Midsommar, this movie also has gore and horrific scenes.
Apostle is a period horror film, directed and written by Gareth Evans. The movie was released in 2018. This movie is about Thomas, a drifter from London, who travels to an island where dwells a sinister cult that has held his sister Jennifer.
Just like Midsommar, the antagonists in this movie are a sinister cult.
4. The Ritual
Released in 2017, The Ritual is a horror and mystery film which is all about a group of friends reuniting for a trip to the woods. But things turn South when they find out that they are being stalked by an eerie identity.
Just like Midsommar, this movie also shows a group of friends going to a forest where they get haunted by something sinister.
3. The Other Lamb
The Other Lamb is a 2019 film that tells the story of a girl named Selah who is born into a cult named Flock. Just like Midsommar, this movie is also centered around the activities of a dangerous cult.
2. The Lodge
The Lodge is a 2019 movie the story of which revolves around two siblings who spend the night in a lodge with their stepmother. The three of them are terrorized by a supernatural, horrific entity. It is similar to Midsommar as it also shows, a group trying to have a good time but ending up being haunted by an eerie identity.
The Climax is a 2018 movie that shows a group of young dancers gathering in a secluded, empty school building to rehearse for a performance on a cold, winter night. The enjoyable night gathering soon turns into a nightmare when they discover something sinister.
Like Midsommar, this movie also shows a group of friends being haunted by a supernatural presence while they were trying to have a good time.