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Suspiria Remake Is So Intense It Sent Dakota Johnson to Therapy

Suspiria Remake Is So Intense It Sent Dakota Johnson to Therapy
Anytime that an iconic movie of any genre is being remade, there's a huge amount of skepticism from fans who are worried about ruining the legacy of the original film. That's exactly what happened when it was announced that Academy Award nominated director Luca Guadagnino was taking on Dario Argento's Suspiria. There's still a healthy amount of doubt in the air regarding the Suspiria remake, but star Dakota Johnson has just made a pretty bold claim about how intense it is, revealing that it sent her to therapy.

Dakota Johnson plays the main character, Susie Bannion, in the Suspiria remake, taking on the role that Jessica Harper (who also has a role in the remake) played in the original horror classic. For those worrying about how intense and scary the Suspiria remake will be, Johnson has some comforting news. Apparently, the conditions on the set were perfect for a horror backdrop,
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Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria Remake Sent Dakota Johnson To Therapy

When it was first announced that Luca Guadagnino would be directing the Amazon Studios-distributed reimagining of Dario Argento’s Giallo masterpiece Suspiria, cinephiles were, understandably, a little apprehensive.

The disquiet had nothing to do with Guadagnino himself, mind you, whose credibility has since soared following the release of his Best Picture-nominated drama, Call Me By Your Name. Rather, it was more a knee-jerk reaction resulting from the countless times we’ve witnessed the modernization of a horror classic go awry. Still, there’s no denying that Guadagnino’s filmography, including 2015’s delightful A Bigger Splash, has eased some of the worry.

Currently slated for an autumn release later this year, Suspiria has officially wrapped post-production and is on the prowl, ready for an appearance on the film festival circuit (perhaps Tiff?). In the meantime, one of the leading ladies, Dakota Johnson, disclosed to Elle that production was so intense,
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Milos Forman Remembered: A Rebel in His Time, and for the Future

Milos Forman Remembered: A Rebel in His Time, and for the Future
Milos Forman, who died on April 14 at the age of 86, has left behind some of the most sharply observed portraits of human behavior in cinema.

When I think of Forman’s work, my mind doesn’t necessarily go first to his two Oscar-winning juggernauts — “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) or “Amadeus” (1984) — or the Czech films that garnered him worldwide acclaim in the 1960s, such as “Loves of a Blonde” (1965) or “The Firemen’s Ball” (1967). Rather, I think of the opening scene from his lesser-known comedy, “Taking Off” (1971): a series of static shots of young women, one after the other, performing songs for an off-screen producer.

Most of the women are earnest and serious; some seem awkward or shy, dressed in contemporary hippy-ish clothes; their hair is often long and frizzy. Some of these audition singers include Carly Simon, Kathy Bates (credited as Bobo Bates) and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her Jessica Harper. What is remarkable about these relatively straightforward snippets is that Forman isn’t nudging the audience for what to make of these young people, or their songs. He’s not telling the audience how to react; he’s simply presenting these young people as they are.

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The first 5-10 minutes of this film paints a picture of these flower children of the Woodstock era that feels authentic, admiring and compassionate. And kind. It’s a quality in Forman’s cinema I can see throughout his career.

Forman sprang forth from the extraordinary group of filmmakers known as the Czech New Wave, most of whom were trained at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (including Věra Chytilová, Jaromil Jireš, Ján Kadár, Jan Němec and Ivan Passer), and, like his cinematic compatriots, Forman’s early films are often political in nature, portraying figures of authority as inept and corrupt. In “The Firemen’s Ball,” the volunteer fire department in a small town decides to organize a ball in honor of their recently retired chairman.

Also Read: Milos Forman Hailed as 'Champion of Artists' Rights' by Directors Guild of America

At the event, the firefighters’ committee decide to host a beauty contest and proceed to procure some of the unsuspecting young women to pose for them. The women appear hesitant, guarded, and a few are even somewhat amused by the ramshackle way they are being put on display by these old men. (Most of the actors were local to the area of Vrchlabí, where it was filmed.) The spunkiest of the young women seems to have an awareness of how ridiculous and sexist this is. She laughs and then runs off halfway through her walk for the judges, triggering a mass exodus by the other contestants, and the scene ends in comedic chaos.

Clearly, the characters who buck the system, like the young woman in “The Firemen’s Ball,” are what hold director’s greatest interest. Forman is fixed on the idea of the outsider as being the true hero of his work: Jack Nicholson’s R.P. McMurphy, Treat Williams’ George Berger, Howard E. Rollins’ Coalhouse Walker Jr., Tom Hulce’s Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Woody Harrelson’s Larry Flynt and Jim Carrey’s Andy Kaufman are all individuals that won’t fit into society’s prescribed mold for them.

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Forman’s rebels, though clearly stemming from his Czech roots, found fertile ground in America. His two most critically and financially successful films, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (adapted by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman from Ken Kesey’s novel) and “Amadeus” (Peter Shaffer adapting his own stage play), both impeccably produced by Saul Zaentz, together garnered 13 Oscars total, including two for Forman for directing.

At his best, Forman’s greatest work (I would include the woefully underrated musical adaptation of “Hair”) shows both compassion for his characters and wry humor in the predicaments in which these characters find themselves. His work with actors is exemplary, and his filmography is flooded with memorable performances and ensemble work: from Nicholson and Louise Fletcher in “Cuckoo’s Nest” to Rollins, Elizabeth McGovern and James Cagney in “Ragtime” (1981), F. Murray Abraham and Hulce in “Amadeus,” Harrelson and Courtney Love in “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (1996), and back to Hana Brejchová in “Loves of a Blonde” and Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Georgia Engel and Audra Lindley in “Taking Off,” to name a few.

Cinematically, I’m just so impressed with the way he and his cinematographers captured these actors’ faces and performances. This is filmmaking that is not trying to impress you with flashy editing and swirling cameras (though the camerawork in the opening “Aquarius” number in “Hair,” accompanied by Twyla Tharp’s wonderful choreography, is a wonderful exception), it’s focused on its characters and story.

Possibly because of his lack of flash and cutting-edge technique, there is a danger that Forman’s work may not be immediately appreciated by younger filmmakers — though in this current era where young people are rising up to stand for their beliefs to their schools, their City Halls, and the world at large, Forman’s filmography is ripe for rediscovery by a new generation of rebels.

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Cinedelphia 2018 Line-Up Unveiled: Jessica Harper, Frank Henenlotter to Attend

Whoa, PhilaMOCA is going to experience some crazy things next month! And if you've never heard of them, they're an art space in Philedelphia housed in a former mausoleum! Anyway, the Cinedelphia Film Festival (which runs April 12-30) has released it's awesome program, and Jessica Harper, the star of Suspiria, will be on hand to attend the rare, uncut 35mm Italian print of the film. Also in attendence will be the director Steve Mitchell with his documentary King Cohen, which chronicles the career of cult filmmaker Larry Cohen (Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff, It's AliveGod Told Me To). Fans of The Room will love the live script reading and screening of the new team-up with Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, Best F(r)iends Volume One, with Sestero attending!...

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Synapse Films’ March 2018 Release of Suspiria

Dario Argento’s Masterpiece in a Spectacular 4K Restoration! Jessica Harper (Phantom Of The Paradise, Pennies From Heaven) stars in this horrific tale of a young student who uncovers dark and horrific secrets within the walls of a famous German dance academy. Dario Argento’s Suspiria comes to home video from Synapse Films in an exclusive new …

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Blu-ray Review: Suspiria – Umbrella Entertainment

Synopsis: Suspiria stars Jessica Harper as a young American ballet student who arrives at a prestigious European dance academy and is confronted by a series of bizarre and horrific deaths. Packed with vicious violence, ultra gory effects and dazzling cinematic set pieces, Suspiria is a gruesomely gothic masterpiece of the macabre. Review: Suspiria has long been considered one of the […]
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Suspiria 4K Restoration to Get Wide Release on Blu-ray This March from Synapse Films

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Synapse Films preserved horror history and dazzled viewers with their theatrical screenings and SteelBook Blu-ray release of their Suspiria 4K restoration, but if you missed out on the limited edition SteelBook of Dario Argento's classic horror film, Synapse has you covered this March with two versions of a wide-release Suspiria Blu-ray, along with other March Blu-ray releases that may have you marking your calendar in anticipation.

As reported by Rue Morgue, on March 13th, Synapse Films will release both a two-disc and single-disc Blu-ray of their Suspiria 4K release, as well as Blu-ray releases for the Pet Sematary documentary Unearthed and Untold and the animated samurai movie Path of Blood.

You can view the full lists of special features and cover art for all four Blu-ray releases below. Will you be adding them to your home media collections this March?

Suspiria Two-Disc Blu-ray Special Edition: "Synapse Films Brings Their
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Luca Guadagnino Says His ‘Suspiria’ Remake Is A “Teenage Megalomaniac Dream”

The sheer audacity of attempting to remake “Suspiria” is also what’s exciting about the project from stylish filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. The director has stepped into a potential horror fan hornet’s nest by taking on Dario Argento‘s classic, with a star-studded cast to boot ( Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lutz Ebersdorf and Jessica Harper).

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Luca Guadagnino Champions Suspiria As A Labor Of Love, But It’s Definitely Not A Remake

You’d have to cast your mind back to March of 2017 to remember the moment when Luca Guadagnino announced that filming had wrapped on Suspiria, a modern reinvention of Dario Argento’s Italian slasher. So what gives?

As the horror flick continues to simmer on the brink of release, Guadagnino spoke to Criterion (via Bloody Disgusting) about Suspiria‘s prolonged spell in post, and why he considers it to be a “very special film.” And though it was originally slated to arrive in 2017, judging by this latest status report – one in which the Italian filmmaker reveals that he still has three months to wrap things up – Suspiria may slip into 2018 after all.

I have three months until I finish it. It’s a very special film, and I’m proud of it. I wonder all the time how people will react to it, being that it is based on a masterpiece.
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The Suspiria Remake Will Be Completely Different From The Original and The Director Says it's a "Very Personal Film"

Dario Argento's 1977 horror film Suspiria is one hell of a psychedelic horror masterpiece. That movie was a crazy wild ride! It's a one of a kind film that will never be able to be replicated. The director of the remake, Luca Guadagnino, knows this, which is why he's going to do something completely different with it. He's not looking to compete with the original film, he's just looking to give it a new flavor.

The movie has a fantastic cast that includes Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, Tilda Swinton and Jessica Harper. Even though there's really no point in remaking this movie, it seems like it's in good hands and it will be interesting to see how it turns out.

Tilda Swinton previously talked to Allocine about the movie explaining that it's going to be completely different from the original, saying:

“It’s impossible to remake [Dario Argento’s] film.
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12 Movies Daily Dead is Excited to See at Chicago’s Cinepocalypse 2017 Film Festival

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Living in Chicago, I spend much of my year being jealous of all the people I see online going to the various genre film festivals held around the parts of the country that aren’t here… until now.

For the first time ever, Chicago is getting its very own full-blown genre festival with Cinepocalypse, a week-long event running November 2nd–9th at the Music Box Theatre, the best place to see a movie in the entire city. Formerly the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival (which I have attended since it began and always completely loved), Cinepocalypse now has a new venue, a larger and more ambitious slate of programming, and dozens of special guests. It’s going to be bigger and better than any festival of its kind the city has ever seen, and I can’t wait to be there as much as possible to see as many cool movies as possible.
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Tilda Swinton says Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria is “another version, not a remake”

Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is currently in post production on his newest film Suspiria, a remake of Dario Argento’s classic 1977 horror – although according to star Tilda Swinton, it’s not so much a “remake” as “another version”.

“It’s another version, not a remake,” Swinton told Allocine (via The Playlist). “It’s important to say it because we are ardent admirers of the film of Dario Argento, and it is impossible to [remake] this film. I accepted [it] because it will be a completely different movie! It’s inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions. It’s semantics, of course, but I think people really have to understand that this is not a remake, because the word ‘remake’ gives the impression that we want to erase the original, and the opposite is what [we’re trying to do]. It’s going to sound a bit grandiloquent, but it’s like when Francis Bacon
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“It’s Another Version, Not A Remake”: Tilda Swinton Talks ‘Suspiria’

Director Luca Guadagnino will spent the rest of the year deservedly basking in the acclaim for “Call Me By Your Name.” However, next year he’ll be back in the spotlight, with horror fans giving him plenty of scrutiny about his redo of the classic “Suspiria.” The project is packed with talent, with Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lutz Ebersdorf and Jessica Harper leading the cast, and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke providing the score.

Continue reading “It’s Another Version, Not A Remake”: Tilda Swinton Talks ‘Suspiria’ at The Playlist.
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Beyond Fest 2017: Paul Williams on the Legacy of Phantom Of The Paradise and How it Led to Him Working on a New Pan’S Labyrinth Musical

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One of the biggest highlights for this writer came last weekend when I had the chance to attend the special screening of Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise during Beyond Fest 2017, where composer and co-star Paul Williams was in attendance for a lively Q&A that followed the film.

Williams, the man behind so many brilliant songs including “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie or “We’ve Only Just Begun” from The Carpenters, as well as numerous scores including Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Bugsy Malone, and, of course, Phantom of the Paradise, Williams is one of the most unique talents in Hollywood, with his presence being felt in both his songs and his on-screen performances as well.

Even though he’s been working for more than five decades, Williams shows no signs of slowing down any time soon (he collaborated with Daft Punk in 2013, and
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Details on the ‘Suspiria’ 4K UK Tour and Release!

Details on the ‘Suspiria’ 4K UK Tour and Release!
In 1977 Suspiria stunned cinemagoers around the world. Now, forty years later, CultFilms is proud to terrify audiences once again with the dazzling 4K restoration of Dario Argento‘s groundbreaking masterpiece. Italian horror auteur Dario Argento unleashed the ultimate cult film with his visionary symphony of terror, Suspiria. Ballet student Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) arrives at […]
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Dario Argento’s Suspiria 4k Restoration Midnights This Weekend at The Moolah – ‘Late Night Grindhouse’

“Bad luck isn’t brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds”

Th 4k restoration of Dario Argento’s Suspiria screens Midnights this weekend (September 15th and 16th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse film series.

Director Dario Argento redefined horror in 1977 with his masterpiece Suspiria, the Citizen Kane of Italian cinema, a Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tale of outrageously nightmarish proportions. Jessica Harper plays Suzy, an American ballet student, studying at an exclusive dance academy in the Black Forest of Germany. After one of the students and her friend are hideously murdered in the first of Argento’s breath-catching set-piece killings, Suzy discovers that the academy has a bizarre history and, as the body count rises, she gets involved in a hideous labyrinth of murder, black magic and madness.I first saw Suspiria
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Mayhem Film Festival reveals full line-up for 13th edition

Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the full line-up of its 2017 edition (see attached and below), which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October. The festival showcases the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, guested screenings and special events each year.

As previously announced, Benjamin Barfoot’s Double Date will open the festival on Thursday 12 October and will be followed by a Q&A with guests yet to be revealed. Director Simeon Halligan will present his film Habit and will be joined on stage by producer Rachel Richardson-Jones and lead actor Elliot Langridge. Dick Maas (Amsterdamned, Saint) will also attend the festival to present the UK Premiere of Prey, the ferociously funny tale of a man-eating lion terrorising Amsterdam. The cast for the live stage reading of unmade Hammer script, Zeppelin v Pterodactyls, the centrepiece of the festival’s last day,
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Review: Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K Restoration is a Dazzling Work of Art

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The first time I ever saw Dario Argento’s Suspiria, I was very young—somewhere between eight and ten (I’m gettin’ old, so my memories are fuzzy from time to time). Regardless of whatever exact number that age might have been, I just know I was definitely too damned young, because Suspiria shattered my budding cinematic sensibilities and screwed with my tender psyche in ways that would stick with me for my entire life. It’s a movie I’ve spent a long time loving, which means I’ve been patiently waiting for Synapse’s restoration of the landmark giallo film from one of Italy’s premier Maestros of Horror.

And after three arduous years (for Synapse, not for me, obviously), the 4K restoration version of Suspiria has finally arrived, and it is absolutely well worth the wait. Not only is watching every single frame like bearing witness to a work of art,
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‘Suspiria’ Rediscovered: Why Guillermo Del Toro and Others Are Fighting to Salvage Dario Argento’s Masterpiece

‘Suspiria’ Rediscovered: Why Guillermo Del Toro and Others Are Fighting to Salvage Dario Argento’s Masterpiece
Guillermo del Toro will have a busy fall promoting his new movie “The Shape of Water,” but he’s squeezing in time to plug another project that’s not his own: Dario Argento’s expressionistic horror classic “Suspiria.” As a guest curator at the upcoming 50th edition of the Sitges Film Festival in Spain, Del Toro will curate a series of Italian gothic and giallo films, but he’s particularly keen on returning Argento’s work to the big screen.

“Dario especially needs this now that we have a little historical perspective to position ‘Suspiria’ as the work of pure madness and cinematic joy it is,” said del Toro. “I think it’s very important to celebrate his place in history.”

Argento’s ominous, tonally complex work follows an American ballet student (Jessica Harper) who enters a German dance school that turns out to be a haven for witchcraft. For many genre aficionados,
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Late Nite Grindhouse Presents ‘Suspiria’ – September 15 & 16 at Moolah Theatre & Lounge

Once You’ve Seen It, You Will Never Again Feel Safe In The Dark

We are proud to present highly-anticipated Synapse Films’ 4K restoration of Dario Argento’s Suspiria! Complete with the rare 4.0 channel discrete audio soundtrack prior to its Blu-Ray release.

A candy-colored nightmare from Italian terror maestro Dario Argento, Suspiria weaves a menacing tale of witchcraft as a fairy tale gone horribly awry. From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Banyon (Jessica Harper) senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution. Ill at ease as the result of her fellow student’s peculiar behavior and increasingly terrified following a series of gruesome and spectacular murders, Suzy slowly begins to unravel the dark history of the academy.

Late Nite Grindhouse presents Suspiria Friday, September 15th

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