SUSPIRIA (2018) Reviews and overview

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Suspiria is a classy, tingingly stylish, charismatically acted yet chilly affair that crescendos madly in the final act (surged on by Thom Yorke’s score) into a frenzied, full-frontal, Grand Guignol finale. To me it also seemed madly misogynistic…” London Metro

” … this movie is a smash-hit example of how you can create new flames from the ashes of a classic. Guadagnino has also done a great job of not letting horror become too literal, but it has to be said that it feels like some of the brightness of the artistry that used to exist seems to have been lost.” Screen Anarchy

” …this new Suspiria is bland, grisly, boring and silly. There is nothing poetic or erotic about it […] It could all be OK, maybe, if Guadagnino, cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom and production designer Inbal Weinberg had chosen a more vibrant color palette: While it’s their right to rethink Argento’s vision as they like, does anyone really want to see a beige Suspiria?”Time

” …Almost transgressively, Guadagnino has deprioritized the shocks, even the fear. But in their place, he’s pumped up the exoticism and crafted a movie you can get lost in, which is the ultimate tribute. It’s only hours afterward that Guadagnino’s film will cohere for you and yield its buried treasures: the bonds of secret sorority, the strength of a line of dancers moving like a single organism…” Time Out USA

“Suspiria has the virtues, but also the limits, of a lavishly cerebral high-end horror film. It holds your attention, and creeps you out at times, but it’s not scary, and it’s not really — dare I say it? — fun. By the time it drags itself to the finish line, you may think, ‘Okay, now we know what ‘Suspiria’ looks like as an art film. Can we please go back to when it was just a garishly flamboyant piece of bat-house trash?'” Variety

“I wish a woman had been empowered and/or inspired to take a crack at Dario Argento’s iconic but deeply flawed witch tale. But I love Luca Guadagnino’s grotesque, political, radically feminine (feminist? We’ll get to that later) interpretation, and it’s not at all accurate to say that I wish the job had gone to another filmmaker. Suspiria is a gorgeous, hideous, uncompromising film…” Vulture

Production: Amazon Studios financed the production when they acquired the worldwide distribution rights. It was co-produced by Frenesy Film Company, Mythology Entertainment, First Sun Films, and Memo Films. The co-producers were Luca Guadagnino, Brad Fischer, Kajganich, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Marco Morabito, Gabriele Moratti, William Sherak, and Silvia Venturini Fendi.

Cast and characters:

Chloë Grace Moretz … Patricia
Tilda Swinton … Doctor Klemperer / Madame Blanc / Helena Markos (as Lutz Ebersdorf)
Doris Hick … Frau Sesame
Malgorzata Bela … Susie’s Mother / Death (as Malgosia Bela)
Dakota Johnson … Susie
Angela Winkler … Miss Tanner
Vanda Capriolo … Alberta
Alek Wek … Miss Millius
Jessica Batut … Miss Mandel
Elena Fokina Elena Fokina … Olga
Mia Goth … Sara
Clémentine Houdart … Miss Boutaher (as Clementine Houdart)
Ingrid Caven … Miss Vendegast
Sylvie Testud … Miss Griffith
Fabrizia Sacchi … Pavla
Brigitte Cuvelier … Miss Kaplitt
Renée Soutendijk … Miss Huller
Christine Leboutte … Miss Balfour
Vincenza Modica … Miss Marks
Marjolaine Uscotti … Miss Daniels
Charo Calvo … Miss Killen
Sharon Campbell … Miss Martincin
Elfriede Hock … Miss Mauceri
Iaia Ferri … Judith
Gala Moody … Caroline
Sara Sguotti … Doll
Olivia Ancona … Marketa
Anne-Lise Brevers … Sonia
Halla Thordardottir … Mascia
Stephanie McMann … Siobhan
Majon Van der Schot … Janine
Maria Bregianni … Sadie
Josepha Madoki … Liza Jane
Navala ‘Niko’ Chaudhari … Marianne (as Navala Niku Chaudhari)
Karina El Amrani … Hermione
Mikael Olsson … Agent Glockner
Fred Kelemen … Agent Albrecht
Greta Bohacek … Young Susie
Jessica Harper … Anke
Joel-Dennis Bienstock … Mennonite Priest

Technical details:

152 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1
Audio: Dolby Atmos

On 5 June 2018, Andrew Jara posted a fan-made trailer for the new Suspiria but with Goblin’s original soundtrack music.

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