David Gordon Green is known for a lot of things, none of which are horror related which is why some of you may be surprised that he will be helming the project. Green is most known for his films Pineapple Express, Your Highness and The Sitter, all of which are comedies. On the surface it is definitely an unlikely person to helm the project but it might ease the pain knowing that Green has been determined to get this film off the ground for years because he is extremely passionate about the film. The problem with getting the film made was that Dario Argento, the director of the original 1977 film, didn’t give up the rights until 2010 causing it to get delayed. It looks like Green’s patience has finally paid off because the film got the all important green-light and is scheduled to shoot in September.
Suspiria is about a newcomer who travels to Europe to attend a world renowned ballet academy. After a fellow student is horribly murdered and several other brutal homicides disrupt the once quiet campus, she comes to realize that the staff of the school are actually a coven of witches bent on chaos and destruction.
You probably wont be seeing a whole lot of backlash from people regarding this remake because fans of Argento’s work are few and far between. A lot of critics feel that his films are cheap and overly violent and if you have seen any of his movies that description isn’t far from the truth. With that being said however, I would highly recommend Suspiria to those who haven’t seen it because it is the only film of Argento’s that I feel actually lives up to the hype. It is a surreally demented fairytale type of story that Argento brings to life perfectly with unsettling, intense color and amazing set designs. It’s an extremely violent and nerve-wracking journey that many believe to be one of the most important horror films ever made.
It’s a daunting task from an unlikely director but that makes this remake even more intriguing. The remake is being backed by Crime Scene Pictures who had this to say:
“We love the style and energy of the original film – and David’s script brilliantly updates the world, presenting a rare opportunity to create an elegant, classic horror film.”
The question now is, who will be playing Suzie, the bright and ambitious American student? With the film shooting as early as September they are no doubt going to be looking to cast that character as soon as possible. With Chloe Moretz starring in the upcoming Carrie remake, I’d like to see the same approach taken regarding Suspiria with another great young actress.
Could this be the remake that will break the mold, or will we get another forgettable horror film that lacks everything that made the original work so well?
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