Why the remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria should be next on your “to watch” list

There is nothing like a good horror movie. And unless you are a true fan of horror movies, I doubt you would even consider putting those two words (good and horror) in the same sentence. Nevertheless, if you are a fan (which I am guessing any Popcorn Horror visitor is), there are a lot of horror movie options out there. Your “to watch” list probably has a couple of your all time favorites and ones that you have not yet seen on it, so we thought we’d recommend one for you: the remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria. Although it has generated mixed feelings amongst critics, it is worth watching. Lucky for us, we can already view it at home or on a device while on the go, streamed (or downloaded) on uk.chili.com.

Dario Argento had already made his cinematic stamp, well before he came out with Suspiria. His earlier thrills, including The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) and Deep Red (1975) were well loved and gained quite the recognition. When he decided to shift from violent thriller to supernatural terror, he went all in. The original Suspiria, directed by Dario Argento, was released in 1977 and is a cult horror classic. His co-writer and partner Daria Nicolodi had brought forward the inspiration for the film after relaying a true story told to her by her grandmother, Yvonne Müller Loeb. Her grandmother had been sent to a prestigious boarding school as a young girl, later finding that Black Magic was being practiced at the school. Little did she know that this story would inspire the plot for Suspiria.

The recent remake of Suspiria, directed by Luca Guadagnino, runs at around two and a half hours long. It has all the goriness and blood-spill expected of a horror film, but with some gender politics and German history parallels to the current political climate. The plot is quite similar to the original. It stars Dakota Johnson, an American dancer named Susie Bannion, who goes to Berlin with the hopes of joining a prestigious dance academy. However, the school has a disturbed atmosphere, and while she performs well at her audition, she did not expect that the academy was a façade. Behind the scenes, it is run by a coven of witches. Instructor Madame Blanc, played by Tilda Swinton, plans to involve Susie in a ritual. The final hour of the film will keep you on the edge of your adrenaline up, involving a dance performance suggesting more beyond an art piece and a finale that outrageously oozes horror masterpiece.

The movie is dense and has quite a bit to it, and it ties up loose ends from the original and interweaves stories you didn’t even expect to be connected but were subplots all along. Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria sucks you in, delivers at all the right moments and is well deserving of being an instant classic.

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