Italian Horror Film Suspiria is Getting (An Amazon Original) Remake

By Jonathan Meisner

 

I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline this morning, when I stumbled across Fangoria’s twitter page and a teaser trailer for a remake of the 1977 cult horror classic Suspiria.

The new film from Amazon Studios is currently in post production with a November 2, 2018 release date and stars Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc, the vice-directress of a European dance school that is visited by an American ballet dancer played by Dakota Johnson who discovers that the academy harbors dark secrets with several grisly murders occurring over the course of the film. What is causing these deaths, or rather whom? That’s for the audience and our protagonist Suzy to discover, and I’m not about to spoil anything here for those not in the know currently.

suspiria-2017-horror-remake-posterWhat makes this interesting is the timing of the films release, as the original film had a 4K restoration just last year to celebrate its four-decade premiere, and yet somehow the news of a remake slipped past my radar.

The original film by Italian director Dario Argento is known for its bold use of color; red in particular to induce the sense of a nightmarish setting, stark visuals as it relates to the deaths in the film and an uneven and unsettling score provided by Italian prog-rock band Goblin that always keeps the viewer feeling a little off base as they watch Argento’s film. This remake much like most modern horror is more muted in its use of the color palette, which is fine here as it would be asinine to recreate what many horror buffs consider to be Argento’s masterpiece down to the smallest detail (we’re looking at you Gus Van Sant and your Psycho remake).

While at times I can be the old curmudgeon that shakes his fist and laments that “they need to remake the bad movies, and leave the good movies alone”, Suspiria is such different subject material and is niche enough in the horror genre that I am keenly interested to see what director Luca Guadagnino has in store for audiences. This isn’t to say Suspiria was or has ever been a bad film, but it’s talked about far less than the American standard horror types such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween or Friday the 13th.

The teaser trailer which you can watch below is visually captivating in no small part to the score that accompanies it. While it’s not Goblin and their prog-rock musicianship, it is more of a traditional score, but it is foreboding and with enough weight behind it to propel the images on the screen forward and the lack of any real hint at what the movie is about (hence the words teaser trailer) should hopefully pique the interest of new viewers who have never watched the 1977 original and even for those who have; such as myself.

Will this remake be a success? Will it be a disappointment both in the box office, and amongst audiences new and old? How will an Amazon Original hold up? Will it mirror the experience of the Netflix trash heap?  Only time will tell, but this Lurker will be in his theater chair watching what lurks in the shadows of Suspiria.

 

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