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Things We Saw Today: A24’s New Midsommar Merch Is Disturbingly Hilarious

Trailer for Midsommar's bear in a cage figurine.

If you haven’t seen Midsommardon’t worry–what follows isn’t any sort of spoiler. If you have seen the movie, this is maybe going to be your favorite thing today.

A24, the studio behind the horror movie, is a bit of a master of great merch. Their online store contains oddities like a sci-fi scented candle and a calendar of “evil grandmas.” But they’ve outdone themselves with their latest addition: a small figurine of a bear in a cage, which you might remember from that one scene of Midsommar.

But even more strange and wonderful than the item itself is this trailer for the thing, which is so antithetical to the tone of the movie it’s capitalizing on, it feels almost mean.

Also mean: The bear drops tomorrow and is a limited edition of only 75. Let us know if you happen to snag one.

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What did you all see out there today?

(image: A24/YouTube)

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