Midsommar is a pretty unforgettable movie. However, it almost contained a lot more disturbing imagery that made it even more memorable. The Motion Picture Association of America originally handed the horror movie a solid NC-17 rating and wouldn't budge on the matter until cuts were made. While this doesn't sound like a positive thing now, it will be when the extended cut arrives for horror fans to fully devour all of the messed up things the MPAA deemed too over the top for an R-rating.
Midsommar director Ari Aster confirmed the ratings trouble. "Yes, we had an NC-17 for 6 weeks. Lots of back-and-forth with them," said Aster when talking about his battle with the Motion Picture Association of America. Gory images, full frontal nudity, trauma, drug use, and sex are included in the movie, but there was originally going to be more. The director recently took part in a Reddit AMA and answered questions about Midsommar, which has been receiving a ton of buzz from horror fans.
One of the things that people have been talking about a lot is the full frontal male nudity in Midsommar. The Christian character is naked in the movie and he is naked a lot. Some fans even believe they have spotted an erection in one scene, which goes way above any R-rating. However, Jack Reynor, who plays Christian on the big screen, says it was always a big part of the movie. He explains.
"I was advocating for as much full frontal as possible. I felt like it was really important. When I read the script, I saw an opportunity to take a character who exhibits a lot of archetypal male characteristics - like male toxicity - who has all of the stuff stripped away from him through the course of the film and then ultimately finds himself in this situation which is kind of the ultimate humiliation... It was always intentional to have the full frontal. That was what Ari wanted to do. But I was really saying, 'We got to do as much of this as possible."
As for an extended cut, Ari Aster has revealed that he is already working on it. And from his words, it's going to be a lot longer than the current theatrical cut of Midsommar in theaters now. The director says the extended cut, "will be at least 30 mins longer." The Motion Picture Association of America must have made Aster cut a lot of the movie out if he has that much additional footage.
Midsommar is already nearly two-and-a-half hours long, so the extended cut will push that to nearly three hours. However, that might be too much for some people to handle as there have already been criticism about the movie being too over the top. With that being said, there are more than enough horror fans who will probably be very happy to hear about the upcoming extended cut. You can check out the original AMA over at Reddit.