While horror movies of epic length aren’t unheard of – The Shining, for example, runs over 2 hours and 20 minutes – they tend to be pretty rare. The vast majority of horror films get in, scare audiences, and get out somewhere in between 80 and 100 minutes.
Those looking forward to director Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria should be prepared to stay in their seats for the long haul though, as its official Twitter account recently revealed that the film will run a whopping 2 hours and 32 minutes.
For perspective, that’s the exact same running time as director Christopher Nolan’s 2008 DC superhero epic The Dark Knight, which featured Christian Bale’s Batman going head to head with Heath Ledger’s Joker. Nolan’s film is of course one of the most successful in history.
Suspiria (2018)’s gargantuan running time is also much longer than Argento’s 1977 original classic, which clocked in at just under 1 hour and 40 minutes long. It also runs 10 minutes longer than The Shining, and 20 minutes longer than the extended cut of The Exorcist.
Will the new Suspiria be good enough to justify such a massive time commitment from viewers? We won’t know until the film arrives on November 2nd. As a horror fan though, I’m pretty eager to find out if Argento’s classic has received a worthy companion piece.