Most (many, at least) horror fans seem to be in agreement that Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria is one of the finest remakes of a horror classic to date, turning Dario Argento‘s colorful original into a whole different experience entirely. Rather than copy Argento’s style, Guadagnino made Suspiria his own, removing not just the bright colors but also the iconic Goblin score.
As it turns out, Argento was none too pleased about Guadagnino’s vision. Via The Film Stage, Argento just commented on the film in a chat with Radio Rai 1’s Un Giorno da Pecora.
“It did not excite me, it betrayed the spirit of the original film: there is no fear, there is no music. The film has not satisfied me so much,” Argento told the outlet.
Argento added that Suspiria, however, is “a refined film,” and Guadagnino a “fine person.”
I’d personally argue that Guadagnino’s film doesn’t “betray” the spirit of the original but rather pays loving tribute to it in a fresh new way, but I’m also not the guy who made the original film. And for Argento, and many filmmakers whose iconic works are remade by other filmmakers, I can only imagine it’s always going to be a tough (likely even quite bitter) pill to swallow.