Suspiria ★★★★½


Heads will roll, stomachs will turn, eyes will widen, and palms will be sweaty. Suspiria is a surrealist and metaphysical peak into a nightmarish hell that feels violating at times. It's a slow burn descent into chaos that perplexes it's viewer via atmospheric horror and simmering tension. The film shifts tonally countless times and it makes the experience all the more disorienting. I would call this film arthouse horror or avant garde horror. Suspiria is unlike many of the recent horror releases of the last decade. Borrowing from faustian black magic Suspiria uses its evils to confront the demons of our past, callous patriarchy, and the onset of political turmoil. Suspiria feels like a feminist revenge in a sense especially with a very particular subplot within the film and the fact that the entire cast is practically women. When the film is channeling its weirdness through ritualistic dances and gruesome body horror the cruelty of Suspiria only feels more omnipresent. It's very possible that Luca Guadgnino has bit off more than he can chew with this one but it still reigns true as a beautifully messy masterwork. Luca is once again showcasing what makes him such a sublime director especially with this immensely talented cast. Tilda Swinton offers one of the best performances of the year, while Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, and Chloe Grace Moretz are just as superb. The clear homage to the original in particular scenes was a neat addition to an already marvelous film. This is a film of artistic expression that encompasses rage, violence, tears, and malice. Suspiria is a hypnotic look into the evils that await us. Welcome, The Mother of Sighs, Suspiriorum.

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