One of the biggest horror films of 2018 was a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 film Suspiria. While fans have been quite divisive over the movie and its differences from the original, Argento himself happens to hold distaste for the remake. In fact, he’s criticized the use of music and stated the film isn’t exciting.
“It did not excite me, it betrayed the spirit of the original film: there is no fear, there is no music. The film has not satisfied me so much.”
Although he had several good things to say about director Luca Guadagnino and his work. Argento admitted that Suspiria is a “refined film, like Guadagnino,” who he elaborated is “a fine person.” He also admired Suspiria’s set design, adding that Guadagnino “makes beautiful tables, beautiful curtains, beautiful dishes, all beautiful.”
He definitely presents an interesting series of opinions. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t agree with some of them. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t call the original Suspiria the best movie Argento ever made. But it certainly invoked several creative elements that the remake really missed out for not using. Why not take the iconic style of music and visuals that worked for the original, and apply them to a stronger story that the first movie lacked?
It’s unfortunate but in the end I understand why they decided to go with such a different route. Although if that’s the case, what exactly entitles it to be called Suspiria?
In the remake…
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
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