Seriously, everyone, I’m trying to keep an open mind here.
On the one hand, I really, really, really hate it when classics are remade. And make no mistake about it, Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a classic. It’s one of the best films ever made and anyone who disagrees with me on that is more than welcome to walk their dog through a plaza in Freiburg. I have a fear that, much as happened when David Fincher and Daniel Craig ruined The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the remake is going to cause people to overlook the original.
And yet, from what I’m hearing from people whose opinions I usually respect, the Suspiria remake my actually be not only effective but also respectful to Argento’s original. Whatever optimism I may have largely comes from the fact that the film is being directed not by an American hack but instead by another Italian, Luca Guadagnino. And the teaser, which you can watch below, is undeniably effective.
So, we’ll see what happens! Out of respect for Guadagnino, I’m forcing myself to keep an open mind. I’m also hoping that the same people who are excited for this version will also take the time to watch Argento’s original as well!