The 1977 supernatural horror film SUSPIRIA has risen in popularity over the years. During the internet age when more folks began discovering foreign film, the movie began entering top 10 best horror lists. And it has steadily stayed there ever since. When it was announced a remake was earmarked, folks were skeptical. How could a remake be made of such an eclectic movie? When director Luca Guadagnino’s new film began playing the festival circuits, it received fairly good reviews.
The new movie keeps the basic premise of the original. But there are some major changes. Though the film is a period piece from 1977, the dance school has been moved to West Berlin with the Cold War raging both just across the block and also in the news with the German Autumn. Also the legacy of World War 2 permeates the atmosphere of the movie.
Dakota Johnson plays the American girl that has come to study at the academy. Tilda Swinton plays Madame Blanc, the head of the school. Others in the cast of note include Mia Goth and Chloë Grace Moretz. Though at theaters for one week, general audiences mostly missed it until Q1 of 2019. Dark Discussions takes a look at this remake and gives their thoughts.