TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - August 23, 2018
Darkness. Tears. Sighs.
— Suspiria (@suspiriamovie) August 23, 2018
The very notion of remaking Dario Argento's Suspiria seems like cinematic suicide, as the film is so beloved in certain circles that a remake—no matter how competently made—will never fully be accepted. Director Luca Guadanino (Call Me By Your Name) is no ordinary director, however, and it's becoming clearer by the minute that his Suspiria is going to be a far different animal from the original.
First things first, Guadanino's version runs a full hour longer than the original clocking in at 152 minutes to the original's 98. Secondly, he can't compete with Goblin's original score, so instead he hires Thom Yorke to do his first feature motion picture score. Third, he cast Tilda Swinton, whose mere presence elevates this above most other supernatural thrillers because she is one supernatural lady.
Then we get to the visual look of the two, which again, couldn't be more disparate. Argento bathed his film in color, necessitating the use of an even more brilliant red so it stood out in Giallo fashion. Here, Guadanino has drained his film of color, presumably so that when the red stuff starts flowing, it'll be shockingly red.
I wasn't sold on this initially, and that running time really turns me off, but it's wearing me down, slowly but surely. Suspiria opens nationwide on November 2.