brian-mcgee - June 5, 2018
Director Luca Guadanino (A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name) has proven a lover of lush cinematography and the improprieties of the upper class, making him something of a strange fit for the confined corridors and cramped interiors of the haunted ballet school in Suspiria.
Nevertheless, here he is, re-teaming with his Bigger Splash co-stars Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton for a remake of Dario Argento's 1977 masterpiece. It's an interesting notion and I wonder how audiences raised on the countless rip-offs of Suspiria will react to this film. My guess would be mostly indifferently, though there is a chance that its stark visual style ends up grabbing the attention of some of the artier among the youth.
Another interesting thing to note about this film is that it marks the debut of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke as composer. This makes him the second member of the band, behind Johnny Greenwood, to get into the film composition business. I have yet to decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but he's definitely paying homage to the original's brilliant score by Goblin, which is a pretty tough act to follow.
Suspiria opens in theaters—presumably in limited release—on November 2.