Earlier this week I revisited writer/director Ari Aster’s feature film, Hereditary before heading to the cinema to watch his latest picture, Midsommar. I talked about Midsommar in two posts – one on Thursday night and one last night.

But what other movies has Ari Aster made?

Well, Hereditary was Aster’s feature film debut and Midsommar was his follow-up, so in terms of big screen pictures, the writer/director has only made two movies. However, if you are interested in his early career then you might like to know he has made a series of short films.

I’m going to warn you now, Aster has a certain style which means his work isn’t for the feint of heart. Case in point: The Strange Thing About the Johnsons, which was Aster’s first short.

Released in 2011, The Strange Thing About the Johnsons is a story about a poet who is sexually abused by his own son. The short deals with incest and abuse, and is pretty shocking.

The Strange Thing About the Johnsons – which you can usually find circulating on YouTube – runs around 30 minutes in length. It is very well written and demonstrates just how good Aster is at crafting stories.

Another short that you can track down on YouTube is Munchausen. Munchausen is a silent horror movie, which runs around 15 minutes in length.

This short tells the tale of a mother who isn’t quite ready to let her son go off into the big wide world. I won’t say any more, but if you know what Munchausen’s syndrome is then you can probably figure out where the story goes.

Munchausen stars Bonnie Bedelia and Liam Aiken. It’s a straight forward tale, with a little less punch than The Strange Thing About the Johnsons, but it’s worth tracking down.

In total, prior to directing Hereditary and Midsommar, Aster produced six shorts. His shorts include:

  • The Strange Thing About the Johnsons (2011)
  • Beau (2011)
  • Munchausen (2013)
  • Basically (2014)
  • The Turtle’s Head (2014)
  • C’est La Vie (2016)

And now you know. And knowing is half the battle.