hunter’s review published on Letterboxd:
I got free tickets to see this film tonight curtesy of Beyond Fest. I was excited but I wasn’t sure what to expect. I came out of the theater with tears welling up in my eyes. I have NEVER had such a visceral and completely insane movie-going experience ever in my life, and honestly, I probably never will again.
Suspiria was horrible and fantastic, disgusting and beautiful, revolting and sensual. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I wanted so badly to look away, but I couldn’t. This film sinks its claws into your brain and squeezes. It took the beautiful art of dance and harshly juxtaposed it with horror and gore. It’s brilliant.
This film was not made to appease the masses. In fact, many people will despise this movie. It will split audiences, and that makes me love it even more.
This is a horror film, but it is not meant to make you jump. It’s meant to rot your brain with how much you think about it and how much it haunts you.
A few things that go without saying: Thom Yorke’s score is bone-chilling. The reinvention of the cinematography, from Argento’s neon color palette to the grayscale almost drab look was a great decision and really fit the tone of the film. Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swindon, and, a pleasant surprise for me, Mia Goth, were all exceptional.
I’m rambling, but this film really put me through the ringer. I’m really rethinking my favorite films this year and where this stands. I have a feeling that the awe, disgust, and fear that I took away from this film will be sitting at the pit of my stomach for a while. I’m all over the place but what I do know is that Luca Guadagnino is a mastermind, an evil genius. I would do anything to just peek into the universe of his mind.