Guadagnino On His “Suspiria” Remake’s Point

Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has a lot of good will right now coming off the success of “Call Me By Your Name,” and he’s going to need it as he recently had the audacity to remake Dario Argento’s 1970s horror masterpiece “Suspiria”.

Despite a stellar cast including Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth and Chloe Grace Moretz, tackling such a beloved piece of work is bound to be controversial and the director is quite aware of the criticism he’s already facing and spoke with The Guardian about his approach:

“Every movie I make is a step inside my teenage dreams, and Suspiria is the most remarkably precise teenage megalomaniac dream I could have had. I saw the poster when I was 11 and then I saw the film when I was 14, and it hit me hard. I immediately started to dream about making my own version of it.

So in a way it makes me smile when I hear people say, ‘How dare you remake Suspiria. Typical commerce-driven mentality.’ I was just a boy who had seen a movie that made him what he became. So that’s how I am approaching it: a homage to the incredible, powerful emotion I felt when I saw it.

Do you stop watching Tristan and Isolde’s mise-en-scene because Patrice Chereau’s was so incredible? No, there will be a new one that will be fantastic. How many Hamlets have we experienced in our lifetimes that were fantastic? Human art is not about inventing originality, it’s about finding a new point of view.”

No release date has yet been set for the already completed filming “Suspiria” but it’s expected to open next year.