Filmmaker Ari Aster made one hell of a splash last year with his cerebral horror hit Hereditary. I analyzed it in some detail here for The 405 – although the ending did disappoint some, the rest of the story packed more than a sufficient psychological wallop to make up for it.

Aster is returning – with Hereditary's cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski and its distributor A24 – for what appears to be an altogether different type of horror in Midsommar, slated for released August 9.

 In Midsommar, a couple's vacation to a Swedish village takes a sinister turn when the insular townspeople invite them into a series of rituals that render their pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving.

The result appears to be something along the lines of folk horror, à la films like 1973's The Wicker Man, 1968's Witchfinder General or stories like Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, but with a psychological thriller twist. Will Poulter (Detroit), Jack Reynor (Free Fire), William Jackson Harper (Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan) and Florence Pugh (Outlaw King) star.

Catch Midsommar in theaters August 9 and enjoy the trailer below.