Good horror, as history has shown, has always started at a point of divisiveness. Suspiria, The unapologetically artistic adaptation of the 1977 film of the same name, is no different. Many are going to try and figure which film is better, however, this film doesn’t try to outdo what Argento originally gave us; it expands on it. Making it a whole new experience all together.
While Dario offered a spectacle of neon colors and jarring sounds with his masterpiece, Luca does the opposite and makes the colors seen and known, yet muted and, for a lack of a better word, dull. The sounds are extreme, yet eerily soothing. It’s kind of amazing to compare the two! But for me it allowed the dance numbers to be the spotlight of the film and not the brutal violence, which of course serves it’s purpose, too.
I do get it’s a chore for many to watch, but if you take the time, turn off your phone, dim the lights, and cuddle with your partner or roommates or the adventurous family members, you can all cringe, laugh, gawk, and piece this gothic mystery together. Otherwise, if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.