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Suspiria (2018)

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A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

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Luca Guadagnino

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Dario Argento (characters), Daria Nicolodi (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Patricia
Tilda Swinton ... Dr. Klemperer / Madame Blanc / Helena Markos (as Lutz Ebersdorf)
Doris Hick Doris Hick ... Frau Sesame
Malgorzata Bela ... Susie's Mother / Death (as Malgosia Bela)
Dakota Johnson ... Susie
Angela Winkler ... Miss Tanner
Vanda Capriolo Vanda Capriolo ... Alberta
Alek Wek ... Miss Millius
Jessica Batut Jessica Batut ... Miss Mandel
Elena Fokina ... Olga
Mia Goth ... Sara
Clémentine Houdart Clémentine Houdart ... Miss Boutaher (as Clementine Houdart)
Ingrid Caven ... Miss Vendegast
Sylvie Testud ... Miss Griffith
Fabrizia Sacchi ... Pavla
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Storyline

Susie Bannion is a young American ballerina who travels to Berlin to study dancing at the Markos Tanz Company, one of the world's most renowned schools under Madame Blanc's management. On her very first day, one of the students who had been recently expelled from the school is murdered. As this appalling happening does not seem to be an isolated occurrence, the brilliant new student soon begins to suspect that the school might be involved in the homicide. Her mistrust heightens when Sarah, one of the girls at the school, tells her that Pat, before being killed, confided to her that she knew and guarded a terrifying dark secret. Written by Domingo Alvarez

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing content involving ritualistic violence, bloody images and graphic nudity, and for some language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

2 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Suspiria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€421,216 (Italy), 6 January 2018, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$184,037, 28 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,474,044, 16 December 2018
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Dolby Atmos

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The subtitles in German have a red dropshadow, the subtitles in French, blue. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the ritual scene, one of the deceased dancers on the left side of the screen clearly has their head showing, but in the next shot it's edited out again. See more »

Quotes

Madame Blanc: Coup de foudre. A strike of lightning. A bolt of love.
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Just before the credits end, Susie reappears and makes a small gesture to the camera. See more »


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Total Eclipse (Live Version)
Written by Kristian Hoffman (as Kristian Robert Hoffman)
Performed by Klaus Nomi
Courtesy of Spindizzy Music/Sony Music Entertainment France S.a.s.
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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It isn't an easy watch but it is a very rewarding one.
23 December 2018 | by watchitwombatSee all my reviews

Where do you start with a movie like this? Yes, that's an odd way to start, but if you see the movie, you'll get it. I know it's good, perhaps great, but the 'why' and 'how' elude me. It's hard to know even what genre it fits in. This is undoubtedly good filmmaking, but will it translate? How will an audience, increasingly attuned to instant gratification react to a disruption to their diet?

Let's back up. A remake of the 1977 Italian horror 'Suspiria', this re-imagining (I believe the current term is) updates the revered body impressionistic horror masterpiece for a modern day audience. This may well upset purists and although the film can't escape its predecessor, there's a lot going on here that outshines the original.

The 2018 Suspiria (Latin for 'sighs') tells the story of Alice, who moves to Berlin during the autumn of '77 to pursue a dance career at The Markos Dance Academy, under the tutelage of Madame Blanc. Arriving just after the death of an ex-student who accused the school of being a cover for a coven of witches, it's clear reasonably early on that not all is as it seems.

This is excellent filmmaking, full stop. Director Luca Guadagnino, hot off Oscar winner 'Call Me By Your Name' brings half his 'A Bigger Splash' cast together for to traumatise them in the name of art (he clearly has a thing for forbidden & difficult relationships).

The always excellent Tilda Swinton leads the cast playing three main characters (she's unrecognizable in two of them). She's not the young pretty lead, but she easily out acts everyone else combined - this is really her movie. Dakota Johnson does better than expected for the pretty young lead

This is an arthouse equivalent to the Blumhouse led horror renaissance. It's a slow build, mediative, sexual, thriller that hints at the beast beneath. It's about female empowerment, control (the men are authority compromised figures or terrorists) & it cleverly parallels the main story with a real life hostage situation, contrasting group madness vs the individuality of its standout leads.

At times this isn't an easy watch (even for a horror fan) but it is a very rewarding one. It forces you to analyse, guess, interpret and question everything and everyone - the movie will work its way into you and stay with you for long after you've left the cinema. The only question left is, will you believe in witches?


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