Suspiria ★★★★½

Ever since the first teaser trailer was released playing Thom Yorke’s subtle, yet haunting “Volk” in the background as well as seeing “directed by Luca Guadagnino” in text, I knew I had to see this movie.

The best advice I could give before watching this film is to completely disregard the original Suspiria and watch Luca’s version as if it were an original idea or concept. This is more of a reimagining or recalibration of the original Suspiria, whereas some story elements in this movie are drastically changed. It’s important to have this mindset in order to avoid being disappointed or feeling let down if you’re expecting a closely-made remake.

Occasionally, there are movies that have a musical theme or medley that is only used in promotional trailers or used very little in the final film. I was initially worried that this film wasn’t going to use Thom Yorke’s “Volk” that much, or at all for that matter. To my surprise, “Volk” actually plays a significant part in the film which gave me a sense of relief as the theme itself was originally what attracted me to see this movie.

Since the majority of Suspiria takes place in a dance studio, it was inevitable to see dancing of all sorts. Unlike the original - that subtly glossed over the dancing aspect - the remake’s story is heavily dependent on dancing. The choreography was stunning, chilling, haunting, and hard to look away.

By far, the most disturbingly stirring moments from Suspiria is from the imagery. Sometimes it’s challenging to catch your breath during some instances because of how well the tension is built up. I found myself forgetting that I was watching a movie at times because instead of viewing a story being played out, the story instead engulfs the audience making them believe they’re apart of this deranged world too.

Much like “Volk”, Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria will haunt me for months to come.

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