It puts a spell on you.
Few remakes are as divisive as Suspira, considering how polarizing the original film was and how singular this one is, disowning Dario Argento’s masterpiece in every possible way. But it is good? First of all, the cast is amazing. Some of these performers are not only great actresses but astonishing dancers as well. Second, and most importantly, this experience is extremely immersive.
The photography is so precise it appears obsessive. The camera has a life of its own. The lighting is uncomfortably faint. It’s not always clear what the intentions of the writer, director and photographer are. So much of it seems random. This film demands concentration and involvement from its audience. It’s not an easy watch. It’s unintelligible and at times frustrating. It’s pretentious.
Despite its charming aesthetic, Suspiria is sinister and grotesque. It contains scenes of gore that will haunt you for a while. We’re talking broken bones and extreme contortion. In regard to witchcraft, the script isn’t exactly subtle. We know from the very beginning that witches are running the dance academy. In fact, if you like witch movies, it doesn’t get much better than this.