I've said on many posts before, Dario Argento's 1977 masterpiece Suspiria is my favorite film of all time. It was set for a remake several years back but the project fell through. It seems now that we will be getting that remake after all as Luca Guadagnino said in an interview on Variety that he would be directing the new adaptation. The film will star Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, who were in Guadagnino's 2015 film A Bigger Splash.
“I’m going to direct a remake of Dario Argento’s 'Suspiria.' I’m going to shoot the movie this winter.” — Luca Guadagnino
Dakota Johnson seems to have the look to be able to play the lead Suzy Bannion and Tilda Swinton has a great witch look to her but I have yet to find any credible information on who they will play for sure.
Now that I have told you a bit about the project, let's get to what made the original so damn good.
1. Lighting And Colors
Now my favorite part of Suspiria is the otherworldly feel to scenes. One of the key elements in that was the lighting and colors used. As obvious in the image above, a lot of the scenes were lit with bright colors and used shadows as beautifully as the 1920's expressionism films.
If the remake doesn't also do this, it will NOT feel like Suspiria. Most fans of the original (myself included) will be far from happy.
2. Goblin's Score
Another key element to the atmosphere of Suspiria is the amazing soundtrack recorded by the band Goblin. The electronic synthesizers, whispers and moans in the score were all so bizarre and eerie that with the main themes bells and whispers make up my favorite film score of all time.
As with the lighting, it simply can not be Suspiria without Goblin's score, or at least keep the same elements in the new score.
3. The Gore The Merrier
And of course, the best part of Suspiria — the gore. This film had some of the best gore I've seen in a film. Although a lot people I've shown this to complain about the bright color of the blood, I personally love it and think it adds to that otherworldly atmosphere I keep mentioning.
Americans seem to be more tolerant of gore nowadays so I'm not too worried that they will reduce the gore in the new adaptation. Plus, the film is still slated to have an Italian director and shot in Germany like the original as well.
4. The Set Design
And finally, the sets. The sets of Suspiria are some of the best I've seen. From the odd pair of staircases seen above, to the bright stain glassed window; from the first kill all of them are beautiful and dreamlike. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it adds to the otherworldly feel of this film.
If they can get all of these elements of the original in the remake, I think fans will respect and like it much more. But that's just my opinion, let me know what you think.
If you're still itching for gore, check out 10 of the best beheadings in horror in the Movie Pilot original video below: