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Test Pattern: A Horror Movie Podcast

Jan 5, 2020

In our latest episode, we examine Ari Aster's two feature films - Hereditary and Midsommar and Aster's expertise in conveying grief through his work.

Ari Aster's short "The Strange Thing About the Johnsons"

Ari Aster's short "Munchausen"



Hereditary (2018)

"11 Memorable Facts About Hereditary" by Michele Debczak, Mental Floss

"How the Creepy Models were Made in Hereditary" Movies Insider

"Hereditary: Director Ari Aster Breaks Down the Film's Ominous Opening Scene" by Jenna Marotta, Indiewire

"Hereditary writer-director Ari Aster reveals incidents from his own life have inspired the horror film" Firstpost

"Director Ari Aster Says Hereditary is a Family Drama At Its Core" by Mallory Yu, NPR

"Toni Collette Didn't Want to Scare You Shitless in Hereditary. But She Will." by Kevin Fallon, Daily Beast

"Alex Wolff Tells Us How Gnarly Hereditary Scene Drew Real Blood" by Beatrice Verhoeven, The Wrap

"The biggest shock in Hereditary was almost much worse" by Bryan Bishop, The Verge

"Explaining the End of Hereditary" by Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture


Midsommar (2019)

"How Midsommar Utilizes and Subverts Horror Movie Tropes of People of Color" by Mary Kay McBrayer, Graveyard Shift Sisters

"Midsommar explained: The filmmakers unpack the sex, rituals and shocking ending" by Mark Olsen, The Los Angeles Times

"How Midsommar Warped Sweden's Real Midsummer Ritual Into Horror" by Matt Miller, Esquire