26. Midsommar (2019)

Ari Aster is one of the best filmmakers in all of Hollywood, he announced his presence with authority on 2018’s Hereditary (plenty more on that one later on in this list) and he showed he’s here to stay with his second film Midsommar. Horror in the daylight has always been something that’s fascinated me. Too often the genre relays on the cover of night and jump scares to terrify and engage viewers, but not in Midsommar. Instead, everything is right in plain sight as the true horror comes from the relationship between the grief stricken Dani (Florence Pugh) and boyfriend/complete asshole Christian (Jack Raynor). I pity the couples who went to see this for a date night and came out with completely and totally different reactions to the Dani and Christian’s relationship. At it’s core this isn’t a movie about a cult, it’s all about grief and toxic relationships. Pugh’s performance in particular is absolutely transcendent. Midsommar is a slow burn that rewards patience, it’s lack of traditional scares make the payoffs so much more satisfying when the horror comes. It’s also hard to believe we’ve gotten this far and I haven’t even mentioned how Midsommar has one of the best and most what the fuck endings of the decade, a truly shocking and fascinating conclusion. Even if this isn’t the “scariest” horror film released this decade , it’s certainly one of the best. And to top it all off, its frequently and disarmingly funny.

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