Suspiria ★★★½

The Year is 2018: Ranked and Reviewed

Now this is a film begging to be seen more than once. Suspiria, the much anticipated horror, is a lot to process if you have an immense love for Dario Argento's original — and that includes myself. Luca Guadagnino's remake is a wildly different movie that expands on so much, even introducing a lot of new things you wouldn't expect — this horror is full with shock and surprises. Bleak and cold, the Berlin backdrop is an incredible contrast to the vivid and hue splashed creation that Argento made in 1977, and while the original is the more pleasing to take in, this remake is still incredibly lathered head to toe in gorgeous cinematography. Yet, for the film's length that clocks in at two hours and thirty two minutes, there are scenes that beg the question as to why they were included. Scattered throughout Suspiria are some jaw-dropping moments — tense, visceral, and disgusting — but in between are some questionable choices within characters and even subtext. Maybe a second time round I won't feel as disappointed, but for now, it's hard not to be a little frustrated.


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