Suspiria

Suspiria

I was expecting something arty and discreet, but there's some real brutal old-school practical effects horror in this. The setting, approach to color, and fx work owe more to Possession than Suspiria.

It's definitely a better movie than the original, in the sense that the world is more fully realized and the plot's more coherent. It's a more rational movie. The witches have motives and in-group conflicts. If a screen-writing class were assigned to write a movie about witches running a German dance school, this would certainly get a higher grade. But I don't think it's a greater movie than the original.

I'm not really on board with some of the thematics and the casual way 20th century German history is handled. The epilogue hurts it a lot. But entry into the horror canon is often decided by a movie's high points, so I can easily see the Suspiria remake finding its place within it.