On November 2nd, director Luca Guadagnino’s next film will be released. The talented director is most well-known for his latest film “Call Me by Your Name”, the beautifully shot and emotionally heartbreaking romance film of 2017. The movie received massive amounts of critical acclaim and plenty of award recognition with the Academy. Given Guadagnino’s talent, the same will likely occur with his upcoming horror remake “Suspiria”. If he can pull off both of these two films, one being a quietly beautiful romance and the other being a terrifying horror film, then he can make just about any story come to life.
The original “Suspiria” from 1977 was directed by Dario Argento, a talented visionary and his terrifying horror movie became a cult classic over the years. “Suspiria” became known as one of the most frightening movies out there, and even to this day, that couldn’t be more accurate. The film was about a young dancer named Susie Bannion who attends a ballet school in Germany. Only, the school is seemingly being run by witches. It’s horrifying in every sense and what makes it so terrifying is the cinematography, vibrant red colors, and score.
While it’s debatable on whether or not “Suspiria” really needed a remake, it still looks as though the new film may actually live up to its predecessor. It has been called a “remake” since it was announced but, Guadagnino has stated himself that the plot and characters will still be quite different from the original as Guadagnino’s version is meant to homage the classic, rather than copy it. Many remakes that are made today attempt to top their predecessors, but Guadagnino decided to go in the other respectable direction.
Other than the two trailers that have been released, the details of the film have been pretty hush hush. All we really know for sure is that that some weird and creepy stuff goes down at a dance academy. Based on the trailers, its pretty safe to assume that the visuals and music will be a vital reason for the terror, much like the original. We see lots of disturbing rituals, a few creepy looking figures, and plenty of violence that will surely result in lots of blood.
The film stars Dakota Johnson as Susie Bannion, Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc, Mia Goth as Sara, Angela Winkler as Miss Tanner, Lutz Ebersdorf as Dr. Jozef Klemperer and Chloe Grace Moretz as Patricia Hingle. While many associate Dakota Johnson with the ‘Fifty Shades” films, its important to note that she is playing a completely different character here, so her talent may actually shine in this role instead. It’s hard to say without having seen the movie, but based on the trailers, this looks like it will be one of her better performances. The remaining cast is quite talented as well, Tilda Swinton in particular. Although many have speculated that she isn’t only plays Madame Blanc. Word has gotten out that she also plays Dr. Jozef Klemperer and that Lutz Ebersdorf isn’t a real actor. She would have to be wearing some pretty heavy make-up, but it isn’t a crazy theory.
The film premiered at Venice Film Festival last week and audiences were torn. While most agree that it was very well made, some of them weren’t too thrilled with how bizarre it was. Venice audiences either loved it or hated it, which shows signs of the film being like 2017’s “Mother!”, which completely divided audiences in half. Either way, many are looking forward to the film and it looks like it has the potential to even receive some Oscar recognition in the process, hopefully for cinematography, score, production design and more.
Its is difficult to say whether or not “Suspiria” will be commercially successful, as trivial as that is. Fans of the original will surely venture to theaters, but in terms of casual moviegoers, its hard to say. It may turn out to be loved by critics and hated by moviegoers, much like other nonconventional recent horror films like “The Witch”, “The Babadook” and “Hereditary”. However, despite audience’s reactions and critic’s opinions, it will surely be a unique experience and hopefully one that isn’t forgotten.