First SUSPIRIA teaser trailer drops
We already know the polarizing effect remakes have. It's constantly on the tips of tongues of arm chair critics who are quick to lambast the failings of Hollywood combined with the ideological fallacy that something new will destroy something old. Despite having example after example of films that actually work, like The Thing, Evil Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it still won't stop fans from holding their breath in contempt over yet another classic film being remade/re-envisioned for modern audiences.
And then we have Suspiria. Dario Argento's masterwork of tension and electrifying colors, with a pulsating and unforgettable score by Goblin with a central performance by Jessica Harper that is prototype for all of Argento's future heroines. Argento's work, until now, have been untouchable by other artists. One could say we've placed Argento on a pedestal, languishing in his early career while lambasting his latter. But the idea of remaking Argento, a film has important to a generation of fans like Suspiria is, isn't one people will be taking lightly. Even in these early news days of Luca Guadagnino's re-imagining, as positive as the word has been, audiences are wary. As well as they should be, it is beloved material after all. But after viewing Guadagnino's Oscar nominated film Call Me By Your Name, I knew that no matter what Guadagnino put on screen, no matter how far it strayed from Argento's original material, it couldn't possibly be bad. And if this trailer is any indication, it looks like I may have been right:
Say what you will about Dakota Johnson, Thom Yorke's score, the smattering of allusions to Argento's film (that diary entry with MATER TENEBRARUM, anyoooone?) this looks like an aural and visual feast that will do exactly what we want remakes to do: honor and elaborate. We can't imagine a remake of Suspiria, or any Argento film frankly, looking any better.
Check out the new poster below, and make sure you catch SUSPIRIA when it hits cinemas in November.