Suspiria ★★★★★

Suspiria is one of those films with just so much ‘holy shit’ moments that it’s just hard to compile all my thoughts into just one entry here. It really just feels like I’m in a rollercoaster through a nightmarish landscape, where certain scenes I was absolutely terrified at so many specific elements but simultaneously, in awe of how they pulled off some of these scenes in a rather excellent way?? It’s kinda baffling that Luca Guadagnino went from such a blissful meditation on first love with Call Me By Your Name To making something that I felt was absolutely insane demented yet beautiful  in almost every way imaginable here. And it fucking works.

Similar to Hereditary in how it builds up its tension, little elements all around this film really make up the meat of what makes this so effective. The editing and cinematography is fantastic, the dance and and horror sequences are hypnotizing and deliver some incredible scenes, I adore the drained out color pallete to this entire film, the subtext and little details that are sprinkled throughout this film give this film so much layers behind its surface, and performances by Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth and Tilda Swinton are all fantastic. (The fact that Swinton plays 3 characters, including the old man, is fascinating to me!) 

Suspiria is an overall polarizing experience and I totally understand why people would dislike this, but I thought this was an absolutely unforgettable experience and one of the best horror films of the decade for me, and I can’t wait to watch this for a third time super soon!


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