Ari Aster is an American filmmaker and screenwriter of Jewish background who was known for directing many short films as well as penning several screenplays. He later became obsessed with horror films and used his passion for them when he joined AFI Conservatory. In 2011, he released a controversial short film entitled The Strange Thing About the Johnsons and would later write and direct the 2018 horror film Hereditary, which released to great critical and commercial success.
- The Strange Thing About the Johnsons (2011)
- Beau (2011)
- Munchausen (2013)
- Basically (2014)
- The Turtle's Head (2014)
- C'est La Vie (2016)
- Hereditary (2018)
- Midsommar (2019)
Tropes applying to his films
- Abusive Parents: While inverted in The Strange Thing About the Johnsons, both Munchausen and Hereditary played straight and explored this trope.
- Black Comedy
- Downer Ending: Many of Ari Aster's films end this way, the most prominent being Hereditary and The Strange Thing About the Johnsons.
- Dysfunctional Family: Pretty common in his films such as with Strange Thing About the Johnsons and Hereditary.
- Facial Horror: Aster has a bone to pick with the human head and face.
- Gainax Ending: Most of his short films end this way such as Beau.
- Leave the Camera Running: Long, uninterrupted takes abound in each of his movies.
- Offing the Offspring: A running theme of mothers killing, or attempting to kill, their sons.
- Troll: Just look at that front page picture!