In a spine-tingling collaboration, A24 and AMC Theatres are joining forces this October for the “Thrills and Chills” film series, promising a month of indie horror madness every Wednesday. But the real scream-inducing news? Ari Aster’s chilling masterpiece, Midsommar, is clawing its way back to the big screen on October 25th, 2023, and it’s bringing 23 extra minutes of terror with it.
If you’re a horror aficionado, this is your season to shine. The “Thrills and Chills” series, courtesy of A24 and AMC, is resurrecting some of the finest indie horror gems for your ghastly delight. But for those who trembled in fear and fascination at the original Midsommar, the director’s cut promises an even deeper descent into madness.
Let’s talk numbers first. The original runtime of Midsommar was already a hefty 143 minutes. That’s enough to make your spine tingle, but if you thought that was intense, brace yourself. The director’s cut will extend that duration to a bone-chilling 171 minutes. Grab your popcorn, and maybe a security blanket if you’re of the faint-hearted variety.
So, why should you care about those extra 23 minutes? Well, aside from the fact that this is Halloween season and fear is in the air, the extended version dives headfirst into the twisted dynamics of the film’s central characters.
For those unacquainted with the film, Midsommar’s plot follows the turbulent journey of Dani (played by the brilliant Florence Pugh) and Christian (portrayed by Jack Reynor), a troubled American couple who, along with their friends, venture to rural Sweden to partake in a seemingly serene midsummer festival. But as you can probably guess, things take a sinister turn faster than you can say “pagan rituals.”
In the director’s cut, alongside some fresh angles and sonic tweaks, we’ll delve deeper into the complex relationship between Dani and Christian. Ari Aster, the mastermind behind this cinematic nightmare, wanted to add layers upon layers to these characters. He mentioned in an interview, “The movie was extremely long, and we had a three-hour and 45-minute long assembly cut, but that was an assembly cut that I saw, so this is not the whole movie. I’m happy with (the theatrical release) but there were things that were very painful to cut.”
So, brace yourself for a more nuanced and multi-layered narrative that promises to send shivers down your spine.
And don’t forget the stellar supporting cast, including Will Poulter, Björn Andrésen, Archie Madekwe, Isabelle Grill, William Jackson Harper, and Vilhelm Blomgren, who all contribute to the film’s unsettling atmosphere.
Tickets for this horrifying experience, as well as other hair-raising titles in the “Thrills and Chills” series like Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Ti West’s X, and Robert Eggers’ The Witch featuring Anya Taylor-Joy in her film debut, are available on AMC’s website. So, get ready for a horror-filled October, and may your popcorn be plentiful and your screams even louder!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Director’s Cut
What is the “Thrills and Chills” film series?
The “Thrills and Chills” film series is a collaboration between A24 and AMC Theatres, featuring indie horror movies screened every Wednesday in October 2023.
When will the director’s cut of “Midsommar” be in theaters?
The director’s cut of “Midsommar” will hit theaters on October 25, 2023, as part of the “Thrills and Chills” series.
How long is the director’s cut of “Midsommar”?
The director’s cut of “Midsommar” is a bone-chilling 171 minutes long, adding 23 extra minutes to the original runtime.
What can we expect from the extended version of “Midsommar”?
The extended version delves deeper into the dynamics of the main characters’ relationship, providing a more nuanced and multi-layered narrative for viewers to experience on the silver screen.
Who are the lead actors in “Midsommar”?
The film stars Florence Pugh as Dani and Jack Reynor as Christian, with an ensemble cast that includes Will Poulter, Björn Andrésen, Archie Madekwe, Isabelle Grill, William Jackson Harper, and Vilhelm Blomgren.
Where can I get tickets for “Midsommar” and other films in the “Thrills and Chills” series?
You can purchase tickets for “Midsommar” and other films in the series on AMC’s website. Don’t miss out on the horror-filled October lineup!