When it comes to Italian-made horror films, there are few directors that carry more weight than Dario Argento. While it’s tough to pick which of Argento’s films is the greatest, a popular choice is 1977’s grotesquely beautiful Suspiria.
Playing out more akin to a fever dream than any type of linear narrative, Suspiria is a masterpiece of both wonder and terror, showcasing one of the most colorful and brutal sequences ever committed to film. Helping further the atmosphere is an amazing score by Goblin, which is arguably their best work.
Horror fans generally don’t love the idea of remakes to begin with, especially when someone has the audacity to try and remake a certified classic like Suspiria. Thus, many are already quite skeptical of director Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming Suspiria remake, which counts among its cast Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and original star Jessica Harper.
During a recent interview with Allocine, Guadagnino seemed to be trying to put fans fears to rest, even arguing that calling his film a remake is incorrect. Here’s his full quote:
“It’s inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions, it explores other reasons. Its semantics, of course, but I think people really have to understand that this is not a remake, because the word ‘remake’ gives the impression that we want to erase the original, and the opposite is what we tried to do.”
As much as Guadagnino wants his Suspiria to not carry the remake label, it essentially does seem like a remake of the original, at least when it comes to plot. No information released about the film so far has suggested any major deviations from Argento’s Suspiria, although one assumes that maybe it won’t be quite so hard to follow in spots. Of course, that craziness is part of Suspiria’s charm.
Whatever one chooses to call it, Guadagnino’s take on Suspiria still has yet to receive a release date. The film is being distributed and financed by Amazon Studios though, so it’s a good bet to end up on Amazon Prime not long after its theatrical run ends.