Luca Guadagnino’s version of Suspiria from last year was heralded by many fans of the genre, though critics remain divisive about the movie.

It turns out, however, that Dario Argento, director of the original 1977 film, wasn’t the biggest fan of the updated version. In an transcribed article published by The Film Stage, Argento was quoted as saying:

“It did not excite me, it betrayed the spirit of the original film: there is no fear, there is no music. The film has not satisfied me so much.”

He continued, saying that Guadagnino’s Suspiria is:

“a refined film, like Guadagnino, who is a fine person … Guadagnino makes beautiful tables, beautiful curtains, beautiful dishes, all beautiful…”

I think the important thing to take away from this is that Dario Argento simply feels the new film is far too different from his original work. However, I for one feel that this would be the only way to successfully remake a movie like Suspiria. The original is a masterpiece and would be impossible to recreate in the same spirit.

Fear is subjective, and there most certainly is music. I think that what Argento is trying to say is that the elements of fear and the completely different score did not resonate with him on an emotional level, though he recognizes the fact that Guadagnino’s movie is well-made regardless of his personal tastes.

For a movie with a visual style as distinct as the 1977 version, a carbon copy would most certainly fall short. Instead, I feel it was the right decision to rework everything about the movie while still retaining the core ideas. Otherwise, you end up with movies such as the Psycho remake – which was absolutely pointless for most viewers.

A remake, or reimagining, can be a great way to take a base story and form it into something different. It never changes the original, as the older version can also be re-watched at the viewer’s leisure, and can serve as a contrasting idea to an original work. After all, you wouldn’t even want your original beloved film to be changed – or would you?

What do you think? Let us know.

The original interview can be found here, in Italian.