How ‘Midsommar’ Takes a Bad Trip | Anatomy of a Scene

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  • Published: 05 July 2019
  • Before the new horror film “Midsommar” creeps you out, it first tries to freak you out.

    In this scene, after arriving in rural Sweden, the lead character Dani (Florence Pugh) has agreed to take mushrooms under pressure from her boyfriend's friends. She’s recently suffered the kind of trauma that likely (definitely) won’t be soothed by hallucinogens.

    With the sequence, the writer and director Ari Aster wanted to put audiences into the mind-altering point of view of a character on mushrooms. In narration, he discusses how he and his visual effects team achieved the scene’s moments of warping, morphing and disorientation.

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Comments • 370

  • M. AZUL
    M. AZUL  19 hours back

    Does anyone knows where I can find the song that starts playing when Dani stands up in the bad trip?

    • Stu P.
      Stu P.  4 days back

      so so so gorgeous

      • _Mtthew_
        _Mtthew_  5 days back

        Watching this on avid 😶😶

        • The Lions Kiln
          The Lions Kiln  5 days back

          Are you people all on mushrooms as well? Did we watch the same film? On his way to be the next Stanley Kubrick? GIVE ME A BREAK!!

          • r.j
            r.j  1 weeks back

            omg if you watch this movie with headphones when she sees her hand part of the grass you can hear the girl singing from the circle she runs towards in the background and it sounds so beautiful 😭

            • HappyFunJenn
              HappyFunJenn  1 weeks back

              I've never seen another movie more perfectly capture the effects of hallucinogens. Bravo

              • Jane155
                Jane155  1 weeks back

                This scene made me so unconfortable... I mean, the entire movie felt disturbing and out of place but something about some scenes like this one just made me breath deeply and say to myself 'It's just a movie''

                • diaamonds _k
                  diaamonds _k  2 weeks back

                  I’ve been on shrooms before and the visuals is so accurate, things moving slowly

                  • MrDynamite
                    MrDynamite  2 weeks back

                    This is the closest ive seen a film come to portraying psychedelics properly, was actually kind of terrifying to watch

                    • Radiohead Muse
                      Radiohead Muse  2 weeks back

                      it's amazing how well the trip is reflected 👍

                      • Desolate One
                        Desolate One  2 weeks back

                        Id love to see a antidrug bad trip film from this there are too many films that glorify the lifestyle no offense im a fellow psychedelic substance abuser

                        • JR ALFREIN
                          JR ALFREIN  2 weeks back

                          Whats the song playing in the scene?

                          • Dillan Smit
                            Dillan Smit  3 weeks back

                            I actually had a trip like this on weed when i was 15

                            • kaylushhh yo
                              kaylushhh yo  3 weeks back

                              Her distorted view while tripping and the sounds were exactly how I felt when I took shrooms. The texture of objects changing and warping was exactly how I experienced it. It was such a great scene and very well done. I was scared for the entirety of her trip because it went bad and it most definitely felt real. Great job all around!

                              • Dillan Smit
                                Dillan Smit  3 weeks back

                                Been there also reminded me of traumatic something like that can be

                            • i will kill you if you reply to my comment

                              if you watch this reallly high from weed not just a little the Whole Movie feels like a trippy nighttmare litteraly

                              • D3vot33
                                D3vot33  4 weeks back

                                This movie is all about Beast worship...very much antichrist.

                                • cami
                                  cami  1 months back

                                  I haven’t seen this movie yet but why does she say “it’s almost your birthday”

                                  • SimplyLimbo
                                    SimplyLimbo  1 months back

                                    Americans... and European folk/mythology/etc... two seperate realms. Its like seeing a child opening a carhood.... he knows whats in it, but hasnt a clue whats what, and why and how its connected... please stop with smearing something u dont have clue about.

                                    • Frans Kunmaryoso
                                      Frans Kunmaryoso  1 months back

                                      Right after the movie ended, I just sat there, thinking. WTF did I just watch?? No movie has ever done this to me before.. I felt Depressed, jealous, manic, insane, you name it.. Ari Aster is a great director!!

                                      • aly
                                        aly  1 months back

                                        Florence Pugh’s reactions to everything in this scene are on point! I also really wish the director talked about how many takes his took considering it’s a long one but oh well.

                                        • ALI BAD
                                          ALI BAD  2 months back

                                          HOW DO I DO THIS IN PREMIERE?????

                                          • Baie Rogers
                                            Baie Rogers  2 months back

                                            Honestly, from personal experience, this was one of the most realistic portrayals of a bad trip I've seen in recent cinema. Well done, Ari!

                                            • Craig Bottomley
                                              Craig Bottomley  2 months back

                                              Only ever had one “bad trip”, and while all trips are almost impossible to describe I cannot believe how close this is to capturing what that bad trip felt like.

                                              I’ve fallen out of love with film recently so I’ve no idea who this guy is. But I think I need to...kudos!

                                              • katwil89
                                                katwil89  2 months back

                                                Does anyone know who Dani saw in the mirror when she goes into that outhouse?

                                                • katwil89
                                                  katwil89  4 weeks back

                                                  @Melissa Campbell Thank you!

                                                • Melissa Campbell
                                                  Melissa Campbell  4 weeks back

                                                  katwil89 It’s her sister, the way she looked when she died. You can see the hose taped to her mouth. :S

                                              • Ákos
                                                Ákos  2 months back

                                                New PC wave? Make a guy death who is not interested anymore about his gf? Seriously???

                                                • SirCamera
                                                  SirCamera  2 months back

                                                  Someone in my circle had the audacity to say there was no tension in this movie... Excuse me?

                                                  • roberto delrio
                                                    roberto delrio  2 months back

                                                    Can someone ask the director of this film why does his movie have the same cult symbols found on Jeffrey Epstein? He had the same symbols in his island.

                                                    • Alex H
                                                      Alex H  3 months back

                                                      What I love about midsommar is how in most horror movies nighttime and being in the dark scary but in midsommar, it's almost like the long daylight hours are scarier than the dark.

                                                      • Steven Mitchell
                                                        Steven Mitchell  3 months back

                                                        excellent film

                                                        • Яна Эйдель
                                                          Яна Эйдель  3 months back

                                                          That is the most realistic and accurate portrayal of bad trip I’ve ever seen in cinematography

                                                          • Erina Ray
                                                            Erina Ray  3 months back

                                                            Its so scary how an ensuing anxiety atttack is personafied at that scene.

                                                            • Jessica Williams
                                                              Jessica Williams  3 months back

                                                              I think the trip was very realistic I felt so sad for her in that moment, I've been there before and it's so terrifying

                                                              • Husbandryenvy
                                                                Husbandryenvy  3 months back

                                                                Ari Aster is a spectacular talent. Articulate as feic too. Florence Pugh, my God, what a talent.

                                                                • Martyna Wypych
                                                                  Martyna Wypych  3 months back

                                                                  Just came here to say that Florence Pugh is absolutely amazing.

                                                                  • Jahid GALIb
                                                                    Jahid GALIb  3 months back

                                                                    This movie sucks balls.

                                                                    • ER
                                                                      ER  3 months back

                                                                      Ari you are simply a genius.

                                                                      • H3DDIE
                                                                        H3DDIE  3 months back

                                                                        This scene was actually very triggering for me because it made me relive a very bad trip I had, almost frame for frame. I had never done drugs before and tried a synthetic marijuana with my friends 🤦🏾‍♀️ everything was fine until they started laughing and then suddenly the panic set in, I jumped up and started running towards the woods to get away but trees and ground were warping and moving and it scared me even more JUST like in the movie. I felt more invested in her character because I remembered feeling like she did. This was an amazing movie.

                                                                        • Dillan Smit
                                                                          Dillan Smit  3 weeks back

                                                                          Been there also on marihuana it was the worst feeling i had and will ever have. Hope u ok now :)

                                                                      • Sean White
                                                                        Sean White  3 months back

                                                                        I would like to see this film in 3d

                                                                        • bobtheman1
                                                                          bobtheman1  3 months back

                                                                          One thing I noticed the second time I watched the film was how Dani's face is warped when she sees her reflection in the mirror inside the outhouse. She looks like Quasimodo. You can also see the Quasimodo look in the faces of the crowd that celebrates her afrer she wins the dance competition.

                                                                          • rik.yan
                                                                            rik.yan  3 months back

                                                                            I was eerily surprised at how this film exactly portrayed the first (and only) trip that I had. Its also very reassuring to see that this validates the experience I had.

                                                                            • Oma Rumunna
                                                                              Oma Rumunna  3 months back

                                                                              Fascinating n

                                                                              • pleuvonics
                                                                                pleuvonics  3 months back

                                                                                This is one of the most accurate depictions of hallucinogenics I’ve ever seen in a movie. And it wasn’t just done well it was also used well to drive the scene and characters.

                                                                                • HalfBloodOtter
                                                                                  HalfBloodOtter  3 months back

                                                                                  can they stop casting white ppl ugh so boring

                                                                                  • Chef Carl Casper
                                                                                    Chef Carl Casper  3 months back

                                                                                    I will say that the mushroom trip scenes were the most visually accurate representation of a mushroom trip I’ve seen on film.

                                                                                    • Olli Leino
                                                                                      Olli Leino  3 months back

                                                                                      Ari Aster and Alex Garland are probably my favourite directors at the moment. Their films just look and sound amazing.

                                                                                      • molsk
                                                                                        molsk  3 months back

                                                                                        felt anxious just by watching this. reminded me of my own bad trip.

                                                                                        • _9iFaRtEdInYoUrTaCo4_
                                                                                          _9iFaRtEdInYoUrTaCo4_  3 days back

                                                                                          @Dry Ramen Noodles im the same way my dude.i used to be an avid pot user and took psychedelics,but they dont agree with me now.im not nearly as turbulent as i used to be,so i honestly dont need them

                                                                                        • Dry Ramen Noodles
                                                                                          Dry Ramen Noodles  4 weeks back

                                                                                          was thinking of the same thing. Reminded me of why I am never gonna do drugs again. I guess for some people it works, but whenever I smoke or whatnot I always end up spiraling. I cannot deal with that lack of control

                                                                                      • JT Gre
                                                                                        JT Gre  3 months back

                                                                                        I felt bad for Ingmar here, he is very nice and invites Dani to meet his friends and she just walks away :(

                                                                                        • ORKA THE WHALE
                                                                                          ORKA THE WHALE  3 months back

                                                                                          JT Gre Yeah. I’d wager a guess that being in the midst of a bad trip is a super hard time to meet new people.

                                                                                      • Simon Garcia
                                                                                        Simon Garcia  3 months back

                                                                                        The mushrooms helped heal her she had so much weight taken off by the end of the movie