Suspiria ★½

Splendid production design, interesting acting and dancing. Yet I have rarely sat through a film I detested more. But that says more about me than the film, which I expect that some will find worthwhile as artistic cinema. Horror is the one genre I try to avoid, since I know it isn't for me. But this film isn't exactly a horror film...I don't know what to call it except confusing and cringeworthy. I knew better than to watch the 1977 Argento directed version; but director Luca Guadagnino was too much a favorite auteur for me to pass this up. At least his visual brilliance with the material and his faithful re-creation of late-70s Berlin was enough to make the film watchable, despite my feeling of disgust at the film's underlying message of witchcraft run amok.

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