The first reactions to Hereditary director Ari Aster’s new horror film Midsommar are rolling in – and critics are disturbed.

The filmmaker has returned with a daylight-set tale following a couple who travel to Sweden for a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival only to be drawn into a terrifying pagan ritual.

All eyes are on Midsommar following the success of 2017 hit Hereditary, which was on a crash course for success ever since reports of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival months earlier hailed it one of the scariest films of all time.

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It seems that while Midsommar may not be conventionally scary, it’s far more dread-inducing and an all-round disturbing experience.

Critics have been praising the film, which stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor and Will Poulter, following its first ever screening in the US on Monday (18 June).

Slash Film‘s Jacob Hall said the film is “unpleasant, darkly funny and yes, totally f***ed”, while Bloody Disgusting‘s Trace Thurman called the film “a mind-f*** of the highest order”.

Nerdist‘s Lindsey Romain said: ”I’ve never seen such a wicked, accurate depiction of intoxicating mania. I adored it and I hate it.”

Another, FreshFictionTV's preston Barta, quipped: "[I'm] pretty sure it was directed by Satan himself."

In exciting news for horror fans, Fangoria's Phil Nobile Jr said the film was the 21st century's answer to 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

You can find a full range of reactions below.

Midsommar is released in UK cinemas on 5 July. You can find a list of the 23 films to look out this summer here.

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