‘Suspiria’ is a remake scarier and more relevant than the 1977 classic
Director Luca Guadagnino on the remake: "It’s also about making sure that you understand that we are the outcome of the past and we have to face the past not obliterate it.”
On October 24 evening celebrities and horror buffs alike flocked to the Arclight theatre in Hollywood to watch one of the most terrifying films of the year, ‘Suspiria’. A remake of the 1977 horror flick, director Luca Guadagnino’s remake took the core story of the original and created something far more terrifying than anyone thought possible.
Producer Brad Fischer was a fan of the original ‘Suspiria’ from a very young age, and when this opportunity was presented to him with Guadagnino attached as the director, he knew that this was something he had to do.
“As a kid growing up in suburban New Jersey I was in love with horror films and the original movie. I met Luca, we totally hit it off and were sort of finishing each other’s sentences and were using the same references and the same kind of outlook on the movie business and the challenges. It was an amazing journey.”
We also got an opportunity to speak with Jessica Harper, a legend in her own right, who was both the star of the 1977 original film and played a very instrumental role in this remake. Also a fan of Guadagnino, she knew his vision would be unique but had no idea what was in store for the film until it was actually shot.
“I couldn’t have been more excited. I had been hearing rumors about a remake for a long time, but then I heard that Luca was attached to it and I thought, this is going to be so interesting. I love his previous movies, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and ‘A Bigger Splash’. So I thought applying his aesthetic to this material was going to be fantastic. I knew it was going to be very interesting and unusual but I didn’t realize it until it was shot. I couldn’t quite imagine how he would execute much of the stuff, there was much left to the imagination in the script.”
Lastly, MEAWW got to speak with the man of the evening, director Luca Guadagnino himself. Even though this remake still takes place in the late seventies, the message behind the film is extremely relevant today, given the world's political climate. In the film, the women are angry and want to take back their power, which is something we as a society are still struggling with today. Guadagnino spoke about this and what drew him to the project.
“The possibility of playing with the genre was a very good call for me. It’s also about making sure that you understand that we are the outcome of the past and we have to face the past not obliterate it.”
‘Suspiria’ won’t just give you a good scare, but it will also make you question everything and everyone around you. Released nationwide today, make sure you check out this stunningly terrifying horror classic remake!