suspiria remake featurette

Remakes are par for the course in Hollywood, yet they still mostly inspire disdain or suspicion among audiences. Especially when that remake is of a lauded horror classic like Dario Argento‘s  Suspiria.

But director Luca Guadagnino leapt those hurdles by making a film that was drastically different to Argento’s 1977 original: reimagining the Italian director’s kaleidoscopic nightmare as a grotesque display of body horror. It was polarizing to say the least, but went over well with critics, who proclaimed it a successful remake for how different it was from the original. But Argento didn’t think so.

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horror newbie watches suspiria

(Welcome to The Final Girl, a regular feature from someone who has steered clear of horror and is ready to finally embrace the genre that goes bump in the night. Next and last on the list: Looking back at my horror journey through the 1977 and 2018 Suspiria.)

Well, here we are, old friend. You and me on the last page. I began this column about a year ago as a self-proclaimed horror newbie, not knowing what to expect of a genre that I had avoided for years. And now I emerge, bloody and screaming, with the realization that maybe I was a horror fan all along.

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Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria hits theaters very soon, and while it’s a magnificent creation with its own story, visual highlights, and meaning, it’s also all the reason you need to revisit Argento’s filmography. The man’s name is nearly synonymous with the giallo sub-genre, but as evidenced by films like Suspiria (1977), he also found time for more unnatural tales. He directed 18 features between 1970 and 2012 along with a TV movie (Do You Like Hitchcock?, 2005) and one half of an anthology film (Two Evil Eyes, 1990).

His 18 features are the focus here – well, 17 as his 1973 comedy The Five Days is not only his sole non-horror/thriller title but also incredibly difficult to find with English subtitles – and to that end I’ve given them all a re-watch recently for two reasons. One, I wanted to re-watch them, so I did. And two? Why a ranking of course!

So keep reading for a look at Argento’s 17 genre efforts as ranked by me, from the highs of my number one pick to the lows of…

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Suspiria remake runtime

Dario Argento‘s 1977 horror classic Suspiria runs for a lean, mean 98 minutes. But for his remake, Luca Guadagnino wants more. So much so that his take on the material is going to run a full hour more than Argento’s. That’s right: the Suspiria remake runtime is a whopping 152 minutes long. Plus: original Suspiria composers Goblin will “live score” Argento’s film in an upcoming tour.

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suspiria remake

Details remain scarce about Luca Guadagnino‘s moody, ominous Suspiria remake, but by virtue of its Oscar-nominated director and stunning trailer, it’s already one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. Now, Suspiria star Chloe Grace Moretz and Quentin Tarantino are here to add to that anticipation.

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Suspiria remake

The Suspiria remake trailer is here at last. It’s a moody, effective, deliberately vague look at Luca Guadagnino‘s upcoming film, which also provides us with our first listen to Thom Yorke‘s score.

And it’s also worlds removed from Dario Argento‘s original. Let’s examine how.

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suspiria trailer

The first trailer for Luca Guadagnino‘s Suspiria remake just danced its way online. Was it worth the wait? Watch the Suspiria trailer below and see.

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new blu-ray releases

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

What a great week for Blu-rays. The Criterion Collection has two must-have releases this week: Jonathan Demme‘s Silence of the Lambs and George A. Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead. Beyond that, we have The Bird With the Crystal Plumage and Re-Animator from Arrow Video, the under-seen drama Only the Brave, and the Lyndon Johnson biopic LBJ. Last but not least, we have an exclusive clip from Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Suspiria remake

Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has one of the best films of 2017Call Me By Your Name, hitting theaters very soon, but he’s already looking toward the future. In a new interview, Guadagnino revealed new details on his elusive Suspiria remake, starring Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, and Tilda Swinton.

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suspiria review

(Welcome to the /Film Movie Club, a new semi-regular feature where we delve into some of our favorite movies, focusing on films that lie a little off the beaten path. Today: Dario Argento’s Suspiria.)

Some movies benefit from being watched at a particular time, in a particular place, while you are in a particular mood. Suspiria, Dario Argento‘s 1977 horror masterpiece, is a gripping and unsettling experience in any context, but it practically demands to be watched in the dark, on the biggest screen you can access, with the sound cranked up as high as you can bear. Oh, it it helps if you start watching if after midnight, so you’re just tired enough to wonder if you’re actually seeing what you think you’re seeing.

That last part isn’t necessary, but when I recently settled in for a late night repertory screening of Suspiria, I found myself instantly battling fatigue. The result: one of the most memorable movie-watching experiences of my life, where Argento’s film merged with my susceptible, dreary consciousness to create the ultimate experience of inhabiting a bad dream. But even without that extra help Suspiria plays like a nightmare – logic plays second fiddle to a world where bad things happen to good people for reasons that are intentionally vague and maddening. You can’t argue with the visions of an uneasy sleep.

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