Suspiria (2018) Review

Happy Halloween Horror Month 2019! Today I’m reposting my mini-review of (well, it’s more of a rant about) the pointless 2018 remake of Italian horror classic Suspiria

Suspiria (2018)

Directed by Luca Guadagnino

Based on Suspiria by Dario Argento & Daria Nicolodi

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Angela Winkler, Alek Wek, Ingrid Caven, Elena Fokina, Sylvie Testud, Renée Soutendijk, Christine LeBoutte, Fabrizia Sacchi, Małgosia Bela, Jessica Harper, Chloë Grace Moretz

Music by Thom Yorke

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
Suspiria is a 2018 supernatural horror art film directed by Luca Guadagnino with a screenplay by David Kajganich, inspired by the 1977 Italian film of the same title directed by Dario Argento. Guadagnino’s film, which is set in 1977, stars Dakota Johnson as an American woman who enrolls at a prestigious dance academy in Berlin run by a coven of witches.

My Opinion:

What. The. Actual. Fuck. Okay, I admit I’ve only seen the original Suspiria once and don’t remember much other than the Goblin score, which I fricking love and listen to regularly. I know I liked the overall vibe. I really should watch the film again. Italian horror is one of the very few genres I’ve not yet really explored. This remake is an incoherent mess. It’s laughable, especially in the final half hour. At least I was “rewarded” with a good laugh over the ending’s absolute ridiculousness after suffering through this otherwise boring thing for HOURS (2 hours & 32 fucking minutes!!!).

Why do they keep remaking films that are considered classics?! WHY?!? I don’t get it. I understand that there are fans of the giallo horror thing but don’t understand why, if people want a 2018 giallo movie, filmmakers can’t just make an original film with the same characteristics???? I’d totally watch that. Why shit on a classic’s legacy?

I think this was also disappointing as the trailer and especially the above poster (which is great!) almost made this look promising despite it starring Dakota Johnson. As much as remakes & reboots piss me off, I admit that they occasionally work and have even liked a few. I’m a fan of 2004’s Dawn Of The Dead even though the 1978 film is one of my all-time favorite movies, probably because it wasn’t a straight remake but more of a respectful & enjoyable reimagining. It almost felt as if 2018 Suspiria had zero regard for what made the original such a beloved classic for many horror fans.

I’ve read no reviews of this version but am *assuming* that those who love the original hated this and those who loved this hated or probably didn’t even see the original. I’d like to hear from anyone who loves both versions of Suspiria – I’d love to know the reasons why. I saw so many people on Horror Twitter raving about this remake so I’m actually quite confused as I thought it was a dreadful mess. Give me Mandy instead of 2018 Suspiria! It’s hard to not compare the two as they’re both pretentious artsy horror films that came out the same year and are both extremely divisive. Mandy is weird as hell but has originality and style. Suspiria tries too hard and just comes across as desperate and phoney.

I should say something nice… Um. I think Thom Yorke was a great choice to do the music for this and was one of the reasons I wanted to watch the film. The music starts out promising in the very beginning but then I no longer noticed it. I don’t know if there was less music in the second half or if I just no longer noticed it as I slowly lost the will to live. But nothing will EVER beat the original’s Goblin score anyway so why bother.

My Rating: 4.5/10

Music Video Friday: Radiohead – Just

This week’s music video is Just by Radiohead.

Radiohead is easily one of my very favorite bands. Wait – I lie a little… Old school Radiohead is easily one of my very favorite bands. I liked some of their stuff that came later and of course Creep which came before but nothing will ever beat the albums The Bends & OK Computer. If I could only take one to a desert island, I suppose I’d have to go with OK Computer as it has my two absolute favorite songs (Paranoid Android & Karma Police) but I think The Bends has a lot more good songs overall (such as Just).

This isn’t the first time I’ll be posting a Radiohead video on a Friday as they have so many good ones (I’ve linked to a few others above) but I thought I’d start with Just as I always found the video’s “story” bizarrely fascinating.

I like videos that you can interpret in different ways & I always thought this one was about depression. However, reading about it for this post, there are all kinds of different interpretations so I guess it’s up to you to decide (have a look online – this video gets discussed a lot). Is it that we’re all sheep & will follow anyone if they say the right thing? That seems especially relevant in this day & age… I can’t for the life of me find where I read it to get the exact words but singer Thom Yorke said something about it being about the dangers of human curiosity.

Well, whatever your interpretation, we’ll never really know what happens at the end. Can you imagine anyone getting away with making this video nowadays? It wouldn’t work. I so miss the creativity we used to get in music videos like this one. By the way, this video was directed by Jamie Thraves and he’s done a lot of other videos that you can see a list of HERE. I think Just remains his finest.