A cult classic of supernatural horror, 1977’s “Suspiria” was directed by Italian filmmaker Dario Argento and was famous for its striking visuals and overwhelming synth score. More about its appearance than its history, it followed a young student arriving at an elite dance academy run by a clan of otherworldly witches. Amid a power struggle, the witches strive to resurrect an ancient evil known as Mother Suspiriorum; the story unfolds as a suspenseful mystery, as murders pile up to reveal supernatural secrets.
The 2018 remake, starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, is almost the polar opposite, though it tells the story practically beat for beat. Instead of a mystery, audiences now know the school’s secret from the start, but watch as its new student (Johnson) is recruited into their blood cult. While the original was a surprisingly colorful extravaganza, the remake is a beautifully shot, but otherwise more grounded and gritty film, focused more on character than shock value.
With an eerie, ominous tone that intensifies as the film progresses, reviews for 2018’s “Suspiria” were decidedly mixed, with some reviews describing it as shocking, and others bold and daring. Although divisive, the remake is a must-watch movie for anyone who loves the art of cinema; be warned, however, as this is not for the faint of heart.