Suspiria ★★★★

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As an avid fan of the original Suspiria, this reimagining previously filled me with dread, especially since it was lacking Goblin’s iconic score, the giallo genre tropes and Argento’s eye for colour.

However, bleak as this movie is, it is a brilliant movie on its own merit, managing to bide its whopping 2.5 hour runtime without really dragging (this may be due to its five act structure).

The focus on the ballet is an upgrade from the original and the cast are all stellar, particularly Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, the latter of which portraying multiple characters expertly.

The final act is chilling, and shows that you don’t need to rely on jumpscares to be scary, it’s usage of all red lighting amazing.

I was surprised at how much it differs from the original, often feeling unrelated, hence it being a reimagining rather than a remake.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke composes a decent score, and whilst there were a few instances of me questioning the direction and cinematography, it was generally a beautiful film.

Overall, whilst inferior to the original, this is a solid movie in its own right.

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