Remaking horror movies is nothing new, but when the subject of a new remake is a well-loved classic, expect both outrage and concern to fill the air. This is exactly what happened when horror legend Dario Argento's landmark Suspiria was confirmed to be getting a remake after years of development. Understandably, the initial reaction from both fans and critics was mixed. Before Suspiria hits cinemas again, here's everything you need to know about the coming remake.
Suspiria is the first part of what Argento calls "The Three Mothers Trilogy," in which each installment features unwitting people coming across one of three elder witches and the horrors they bring. Suspiria was followed by Inferno in 1980 and Mother Of Tears in 2007, both of which failed to recapture Suspiria's impact despite scoring cult acclaim.
Thanks to Argento's surreal execution, Suspiria could only be described as arthouse horror. Suspiria is praised for its foreboding and stylish atmosphere; ominous yet beautiful cinematography; a near-perfect musical score from the progressive rock band Goblin; and copious amounts of '70s gore. Long story short, it's the prettiest nightmare ever filmed.
Suspiria News & Rumors
Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has been confirmed to direct the Suspiria remake while Italian studio First Sun will produce it. He will be working on a script from David Kajganich, who wrote the screenplay of Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash. Guadagnino is no stranger to the long-delayed Suspiria revival, as he was one of the long-time producers backing the project before the original director - Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green - left for creative and personal reasons.
When Green was first announced to be directing the movie, outrage against the decision was harsh and swift from fans, critics and Argento himself. Argento has said multiple times that despite the rights to his movie being passed from studio to studio, he has yet to be approached for any sort of advice regarding Suspiria.
Outside of some interviews with the new cast and crew, there are currently no trailers or production videos for the Suspiria remake, since shooting has yet to begin.
In the meantime, check out the trailer for the American release of the original Suspiria.
Suspiria Release Date
Suspiria is set for a potential 2017 release date -roughly 40 years after the original movie scared the crap out of audiences back in 1977. With the casting and development moving faster than before, shooting is expected to begin either early next year or just before 2016 ends.
The original film followed a young American woman who gets entangled in supernatural horror and witchcraft while attending a European boarding school for dance and ballet. As far as Guadagnino is concerned, the story will remain the same.
Guadagnino also plans to keep Suspiria's time period intact instead of modernizing it as some horror movie remakes are wont to do. The new Suspiria will be set in the German capital of Berlin instead of Freiburg, and will take place in the year 1977. Guadagnino also plans to make his Suspiria a character piece by focusing on "the concept of motherhood and about the uncompromising force of motherhood," themes that were implied in the original but never fully delved into due to its loose dream-like style.
The New Suspiria Cast And Characters
Guadagnino said that he hopes to turn Suspiria into a reunion of sorts for the cast of A Bigger Splash. So far, the director succeed in getting two of four A Bigger Splash stars, namely Fifty Shades Of Grey leading lady Dakota Johnson and frequent Guadagnino collaborator, Tilda Swinton. Suspiria recently added the Carrie remake's star Chloe Grace Moretz, who apparently ditched Universal's live-action The Little Mermaid for the arthouse horror remake.
At one point, Black Swan star Natalie Portman and Isabelle Fuhrman of Orphan fame were attached but when Green left Suspiria, so did this potential cast.
Since Suspiria's original story will remain in place, the same could be expected from its characters. It has been confirmed that Johnson will be taking the lead role of aspiring American ballet student Suzy Bannion (originally played by Jessica Harper) while Swinton will be portraying the academy's headmistress Madame Blanc (originally played by Joan Bennett). As of this writing, Moretz's role has yet to be named or identified.
Related Suspiria Projects
A Suspiria television show is also in the works, though not much has been heard about it ever since its announcement. Titled Suspiria De Profundis, the Suspiria television series will follow a Sherlock Holmes styled take on mysterious murders and other supernatural circumstances. It will be set in multiple European locations at the turn of the 20th Century. Unlike past plans for Suspiria's rebirth, original director Argento will be overseeing the televised version of his hit movie.
Where To Watch Suspiria
Argento's Suspiria can be found on various online streaming sites, but the movie's special edition home videos are worth any collector's hard earned money. The three disc edition of Suspiria comes with restored ads (trailers, TV spots, etc), documentaries, interviews with cast and crew, the complete Goblin score on CD, a booklet and a recreated lobby card. Only 60,000 copies of this DVD set were made.
Other editions like the regular DVD or a two disc set that has its own set of features can be bought, but the limited three disc edition is the most definitive Suspiria home video experience available.