Suspiria ½

A sacrilege and an abomination to the horror genre, if not cinema entire. Taking the outline of Dario Argento's 1977 horror masterpiece, director Luca Guadagnino adds an hour, removes all semblance of artistry, and inflates it with pomposity. Argento's film operated as a visually stimulating, fairy tale-nightmare, but Guadagnino operates as a predictable political allegory with little narrative cohesion. At one point Tilda Swinton muses that "(art/dance) must seek to break the nose of beauty." I profoundly disagree. Guadagnino, however, for what it's worth, seems to have succeeded.

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