Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

 ... you can learn from:

Suspiria (2018)

Sara: You're making some kind of deal with them. 
Susie: I don't know what you're talking about. 
Sara: The matrons. 
Susie: Whatever you have in your head,
Sara, nothing is wrong.
Sara: How can you know what 
they'll ask of you in return? 
Susie: Nothing's wrong. 
Sara: You just haven't seen the bill yet.

A happy coincidence today in that it is the 30th birthday of the great Mia Goth while tomorrow is the 5th anniversary of the release of Luca Guadagnino's masterul Suspiria remake!  Mia has gone on to become a horror icon in those five years thanks to her turns in Ti West's films X and Pearl (with a side helping of Inifinity Pool) but those of us in the know could see that she swanned away with her every scene in Suspiria -- and I say that as no insult to the people she was sharing scenes with obviously, since I'm of the mind that Dakota Johnson and Tilda "Tilda" Swinton were mad genius in the movie. But whenever Mia shows up you are watching Mia... 

... and Mia alone. Anyway I think most people have come around to this being one of the great horror remakes, right? I might even say that it's the finest example of taking a known property and doing something totally fresh and weird and new with it -- the other great horror remakes like the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and John Carpenter's The Thing are all pretty close to the movies they're remaking. But Luca's Suspiria feels incredibly different from Argento's, not just in its muted colorscape but also in tone and purpose. It's a political screed, for god's sake! One that only got timelier as the years passed. "It's all a mess. The one out there. The one in here. The one that's coming. Why is everyone so ready to think the worst is over?” Indeed.

1 comment:

Shawny said...

I liked the film, especially the nightmarish vibe at the end. It really matched up with feelings I've had in my own nightmares.