Midsommar is one of the best-reviewed movies of the year, with none other than Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) calling it the “most idyllic horror film of all time.” He continued, “After it ended, I found myself looking back at the final act like, holy sh*t. That was some of the most atrociously disturbing imagery I’ve ever seen on film, and yet I experienced it with this open-mouthed, wild-eyed gape.” And that’s even before he noticed the faces.
It’s not something you’re going to pick up the first time you see Midsommar, or even the fifth, but look closely during the scene where Dani (played by the fantastic Florence Pugh), after being crowned “May Queen,” is being carried to glory by the creepy celebrators. But don’t pay attention to her — observe the woods in the background.
As spotted by Twitter user @danielgaylewis (good name), “When the hårgas lift dani onto the pedestal and start walking to the dinner table, you can see her dead sister’s face in the trees with the exhaust tube in her mouth… this shit is in different areas! what the f*ck!” What the f*ck, indeed. I’m not usually one to fall for “seeing Jesus in a slice of toast” hoaxes, but that *sure* looks like a face (I confirmed it’s not a manipulated image).
when the hårgas lift dani onto the pedestal and start walking to the dinner table, you can see her dead sister’s face in the trees with the exhaust tube in her mouth… this shit is in different areas! what the fuck! pic.twitter.com/zg4ejkfydW
— ger (@danieIgayIewis) September 22, 2019
It’s clear in the GIF, too.
Others noticed faces throughout the movie, too:
i recall seeing a face/figure in the rocks during the “fall” scene. wonder if that soda had something in it special to midsommer moviegoers. (Via)
There are several points in the movie that faces appear in the trees- almost to the point that I was wondering if I was going nuts… At the beginning, with the wailing/singing, the close up of the forest line reveals a face, the trip scene in the middle everyone knows, there are other other points where they linger on the tree line and I swear, it either turned into a face or I just noticed it after awhile. I could never say whose face of course but a face. (Via)
Oh my fucking goddddd, I never saw it until now! Her grief was always lurking in the background… (Via)
And this ties together the visual metaphor of the Hårga raising her up and helping her move forward, leaving her grief, pain and past behind (Via)
You can find all the faces when Midsommar comes out on Digital HD on September 24.