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Director Updates on ‘Suspiria’; New Film is “Not a Remake”

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We’ve been talking about Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s new take on Dario Argento’s Suspiria for some time now, but it’s been a while since we’ve been provided with an update. We know that filming is complete, so what’s the status of the project? And what can we expect from it?

Speaking with Criterion, Guadagnino brought the scoop.

I have three months until I finish it. It’s a very special film, and I’m proud of it,” he told the site. “I wonder all the time how people will react to it, being that it is based on a masterpiece. I often find myself in the position of saying ‘Oh, it’s ridiculous!’ when I hear stories that they want to remake a movie like 8½, so I don’t know if I’m going to be served the same dish. But I can say that my Suspiria is a very personal film; it’s like oxygen to me. When I saw the original movie thirty-two years ago, the emotion I felt was so strong, so mind-blowing, and so important to my upbringing. I wanted to investigate the experience I had watching that film.”

It’s inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions, it explores other reasons,” Guadagino recently told Allocine. “Its semantics, of course, but I think people really have to understand that this is not a remake, because the word “remake” gives the impression that we want to erase the original, and the opposite is what we tried to do.”

In Suspiria, “A young American ballet dancer travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover it is something far more sinister and supernatural. She becomes increasingly terrified after a series of gruesome murders ensue and she slowly unravels the dark history of the academy.

The cast includes Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace-Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler, Małgosia Bela, Lutz Ebersdorf and Jessica Harper.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke composed the score.

David Kajganich wrote the film, co-financed by Amazon Studios and K Period Media.



  • Just because it “isn’t a remake” doesn’t mean people will suddenly stop being pissed about it.

  • Aaron King

    I have a good feeling about this one. I just wish the wait wasn’t so long.

  • Munchie Strikes Back

    Since when has the word ‘remake’ insinuated that someone wanted to erase the original? It’s amazing the lengths that people will go to nowadays to try to insist that they’re not doing a freaking remake.

  • Lord Elric

    So…call it something else. Make it your own. And sidestep the anger.

  • Jack Derwent

    Enough with this “it’s not a remake, it’s a reimagining” bullshit. If the primary source is another movie it’s a fucking remake.The only way it wouldn’t be if there was an earlier source material like a book that predated the movie but that’s not the case.

  • Creepshow

    I feel dirty saying this…
    But I’m (kinda?) looking forward to this, and think it will be halfway decent. I’ll go wash my mouth out with soap now.

    • Simon Allen

      Dirty Birdy .

    • J Jett

      Creepshow, saying that it really does make you a dirty skank but….i’m excited for this movie so i guess i too am a dirty skank! 🙂

      • Creepshow

        I’ve never been called a dirty skank before. Eh, I probably deserve it.

        • Simon Allen

          Yes you certainly do .

          • Creepshow

            Thank you for the reassurance.

          • Simon Allen

            Always a pleasure .

        • J Jett

          Creepshow, dirty skanks are the end all! we must be proud of our skankiness! LOL. 🙂

      • Simon Allen

        Lets face it all 3 of us are Dirty Skanks …… may as well own it .

  • Neto Ribeiro

    This is going to be a good movie. And also, I think it’s going to serve as a sequel or prequel or will be somehow connected to the original.

  • Vinnie Vincent’s Dead Dog

    This is going to be a terrible film. There’s no reason for this to exist.

    • Forca84

      I’m curious what he does with it. But my expectations are low.

    • Tony Terror

      You might want to see it then slam it. Seriously.

  • Simon Allen

    Who the hell cares what he’s calling it ……I WANT TO SEE IT NOW !!!!!!

    • J Jett

      HELL YES! me too! can’t wait to see Tilda Swinton!

  • Travis_Bickle’s called Suspiria…and has an identical story…but is not a remake or sequel? Let that sink in for a minute.

  • Will Coors

    I can’t wait to see this! I think it can just be viewed as a stand alone film, I have no problem with that at all!

  • Grimphantom

    We already seen Slither and Night of the Creeps are so similar, so why not name your movie something else?

  • marklola12 .

    Actually if you look at 99% of remakes they are actually just like the original movies with tweaks…sometimes identical

    • Kristoffer Groves

      Maybe somewhere between 50% and 65%. 99% is just ridiculous.

  • Tony Terror

    This looks promising! Also can we please stop slamming a film before it’s even come out or anyone has seen it? It really just makes you sound stupid.

    • Kristoffer Groves

      No, it just makes one sound like they’ve seen a lot of movies and are familiar enough with the industry to make these types of judgements. From what i’ve seen, people are usually fairly accurate in their prejudgements of upcoming films.

      • Tony Terror

        Mmmmmm nope. It really just makes you sound like a pretentious jerk.

      • Tony Terror

        Not even pretentious…just jerk. But maybe pretentious if you’re actually insinuating that people who find nothing positive about “prejudgment” to be…unfamiliar…with the industry?

        • Kristoffer Groves

          Oh yeah? You’re a big poopy-head 😛

          • Tony Terror

            Lololol………possibly 😉

    • Josh Evans

      Nope and, as someone who works in the industry, I can assure you that the film industry has no idea what they’re doing either. Speculation is justified.

      • Tony Terror

        Wow. I love how everyone is suddenly a film industry insider…but it still makes you sound like a jerk. We know nothing about this film. No preview, no stills, nothing. So have a sat down and chillax until there’s actually something to judge.

        • Simon Allen

          Apart from a picture of Tilda made up as an old man of course .

          • Tony Terror

            True that lol

        • Nope. Deal with it.

          • Tony Terror


          • You’re the one hyperventilating to defend a film you haven’t seen either. You defeat yourself with your own logic. Have fun with that. Next time you die on a hill for a cause, get paid to do it.

          • Tony Terror


          • Always.

  • Damien Guitarlessons-Inbromley

    I’m not sure Thom Yorke would be a good alternative to goblin.suspiria has the colour scheme like only God has some intelligent satanic themes and Italian sexualised violence.

    • Kristoffer Groves

      Goblin or gtfo

  • deadrowan

    Then don’t call it Suspiria.

    • Graham

      Exactly! I’m actually looking forward to this, as I think the success of remakes hinges on the filmmaker and the motivation behind it and in this case, I think it seems promising. But it’s kind of contradictory for the director to say he doesn’t want people to see this as a remake when that’s exactly what it is. If you’re not comfortable reworking existing properties, stick to original ideas. Easy.

  • John Connor

    It’s either a sequel or a remake.

  • J Jett

    i’m excited for this movie! i appreciate the original but i never really loved it. the lousy looking strawberry UBER-thick syrupy blood always bugged me. LOL. what has me most excited about this “non-remake” is the fact that Tilda fucking Swinton is in it! she never fails to deliver!

    • Tony Terror

      Right J Jett?? Everything about this movie and the directors previous work indicates that it just might not be a total disaster. Suspiria is my fave movie of all time and I’m still looking forward to this. Some people just need to complain about everything!

    • Simon Allen

      grumble grumble Underworld mutter mutter Resident Evil .
      🙂 .

  • Jon Macmenamin

    Well at least it’ll have European Arthouse sensibilities and style, rather than a bland, diluted, US dumbed down remake. I’ll remain hopeful, though trepidatious that Guadagnino can deliver a possible companion piece to the original.

  • Greg Turnbull

    What’s next, another Wicker Man?

  • This one is one of those movies that have been in production for can they be so slow?

    • Simon Allen

      Good things come to those who wait ……unless it’s a Dimension movie of course.

      • Oh god! Can you imagine a Dimension produced remake of Suspiria?!

        • Simon Allen

          Imagine it would probably be the only thing you could do …….it would never get a release date .

  • Travis

    To me, this is a remake. To me, not a single remake today has tried to replace the original…because for something to be worthy of a remake, it has to have a wide fan base and be “mostly” considered a classic. None of them have tried to replace the original, more so take them into new directions all the while keeping the same major themes and plot devices intact. Idk what this guy is talking about but this is a remake. Plain and simple. Same plot. Same everything.

  • Josh Evans

    Cool. Don’t call it Suspiria then. Still not seeing this garbage, waiting on the 4k remaster of the original.

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    A black rose by any other name.

  • David Nagle

    will they have the same characters though ?

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