Tapping the Banshee: Ari Aster’s Keening Women

Keening: (noun) a prolonged and high-pitched sound, typically in a way that expresses grief or sorrow.

Still: Midsommar, 2019.

Filmmaker Ari Aster has dominated the horror genre after only two films. Shocking and difficult to view, his movies bring extreme gore, tense settings, and monstrosities to the forefront while highlighting strong female performances. The stories he crafts explore gender alongside…