Luca Guadagnino on his remake of horror classic Suspiria

While things didn’t quite work out for David Gordon Green’s version of a Suspiria remake, it appears that everything lined up just right for Italian director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash), who will take the helm on the long-in-the-works remake. The Italian filmmaker may not be a household name just yet—something that will undoubtedly change once his Suspiria starts to pick up steam—but the dude is undeniable talented, proving with 2009’s I Am Love that he can certainly carve out a gorgeous narrative with phenomenal performances.

The good folks over at Den of Geek caught up with the director who shed some light on his remake, acknowledging that many remakes, especially of horror films, suck:

“I don’t much like post-modernism, because post-modernist has become the basket in which every mediocre person can shuffle things and pretend to do something significant, and we could also mention who use post-modernism in this way—maybe we shouldn’t,” he began. “I know it’s post-modern to say ‘I want to pay homage to the emotion I felt when I saw the movie,’ but truthfully, I want to understand what is the concept of horror in motherhood, which I think is the element that struck me when I was 14. And I wanted to be relentless. Nobody complains that we go and see a new version of La Traviata at the Met. If it’s a great Traviata, you will say ‘I will never forget this Traviata. I think we shouldn’t be shy of thinking that we can interpret text like a movie again, depending on the point of view and what we do with it more than anything else. Of course a lot of remakes of important films, particularly of horror films, they suck.”

The bit where Guadagnino says that no one complains when we see great versions of classic films really resonates with me, and he’s totally right. Some of my favorite horror movies are remakes, and while the bad far outweigh the good, there’s no reason to dismiss a movie before we’ve even seen it. He’s a passionate filmmaker who, like many of us, absolutely adores Argento’s classic, a film that he wants to pay homage to, so I’m rooting for the guy.

His remake is set to start shooting this September with both Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson starring.

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7 thoughts on “Luca Guadagnino on his remake of horror classic Suspiria

  1. I can understand that. An unforgettable movie is an unforgettable movie. But when he says, “I want to understand what is the concept of horror in motherhood, which I think is the element that struck me when I was 14.” I have to say that I don’t feel excited about this one. I’d love to be wrong, but lots of filmmakers can talk a good game before a remake/reboot comes out.

    That said, I’m not the target audience for this thing. I don’t necessarily think newer movies are bad, but they don’t hold my interest as much. I have a much more limited entertainment budget these days and prefer to spend it on either upgrading my old favorites (like the Suspiria BD coming from Synapse) or seeking out gems that I missed.

    1. Oh, for sure. And he definitely has a pretty big hill to climb as far as remakes go considering he’s remaking an all-time classic. I’m really looking forward to Synapse’s restoration of this one, too, that thing is going to look gorgeous!

      1. Synapse is killing me with this, Phenomena, and Massacre at Central High on the horizon. I still need to get Tenebre as well.

  2. Did you get a chance to watch “Hush” yet, Ryan? I think it’s one you’ll like. I liked it a lot and so did Isaacs. I’m hoping you and Tyson like it, as well.

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