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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.


Luca Guadagnino


Dario Argento (characters), Daria Nicolodi (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Johnson ... Susie Bannion
Tilda Swinton ... Madame Blanc / Dr. Josef Klemperer / Helena Markos (as Lutz Ebersdorf)
Doris Hick Doris Hick ... Frau Sesame
Malgorzata Bela ... Susie's Mother / Death (as Malgosia Bela)
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Patricia
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
Ingrid Caven ... Miss Vendegast
Sylvie Testud ... Miss Griffith
Fabrizia Sacchi ... Pavla


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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Italy | USA


English | German | French

Release Date:

2 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The casting of Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc is quite interesting, since she has played another evil witch associated with the word 'White' which Blanc is a French translation of. That character is, of course, Jadis the White Witch of Narnia. Tilda Swinton portrayed Jadis in all three live-action Narnia productions with Walden Media. See more »


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Remake of Suspiria (1977) See more »


Komm doch in meiner Arme
Performed by Erhard Bauschke und sein Orchester, Rudi Schuricke
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Non-remake remake is too long
3 December 2018 | by elliot-75668See all my reviews

Dario Argento's Suspiria is a gory classic with the most incredible colour palettes to ever grace a horror film. It's brisk running time, corny script and iconic score only adds to the film's everlasting legacy. So, when it was announced that the 1977 classic would be remade there were murmurings of discontent among horror aficionados who wondered if anything sacred was safe from the evils of a remake? Then Luca Guadagnino announced himself as director and, following the success of A Bigger Splash and Call Me By Your Name, people were curious.

You can call the 2018 film a remake but in truth the film's similarities start and end at the characters and basic plot, therefore making it an entirely different beast. Clocking in at 155 minutes the film is almost an entire hour longer than the 1977 original and it does suffer from its bloated running time. The film's bloated running time is in part due to the pollical subtext. The film is set in 1977 (the year the original was released) and deals with themes of national guilt in a divided Berlin (the dance school is situated right next to the Berlin Wall).

This is all sounds very interesting, and does create an interesting back drop, but it doesn't really say anything new about the era. The film hints that blame should be laid at those in power rather than those who witnessed what happened but did nothing. This is hardly a new way of thinking, so it ends up being rather pointless and unnecessarily distraction from the tense story of witches harvesting young dancers for consumption by the mother witch.

What is also is a major drawback with the national guilt theme is that it's incredibly distracting watching the film with the knowledge that Dr. Josef Klemperer is Tilda Swinton dressed up in old man prosthetics. It's distracting because it feels like a superficial piece of stunt casting. Swinton said this was "only a little bit of fun" but this "little bit of fun" was nothing more than a vanity project that completely derailed a potentially interesting subplot. This all is just because I couldn't take Tilda Swinton parading around in poor prosthetics equipped with a heavy German accent seriously. On the plus side, Swinton is superb as Madame Blanc and Dakota Johnson's performance has tremendous physicality (her dancing showed great dedication to the role), but the slow delivery of her lines becomes grating.

What's most different about the 1977 Suspiria and the 2018 Suspiria is that the latter isn't a horror in the same way the 1977 film is, but the 2018 film still mostly fails on the basics of the genre. The film's length hampers the tension because the film's bagginess does not allow the tension to be sustained throughout. That said, there are a few scenes that are deeply horrifying, most notably the dancing sequence where a spell is cast upon Susie which contorts a fellow dancer's body to mirror Susie's dance moves. Criminally, despite all the weirdness on show and a climax that resembles something from the movie Climax, the film forgets to be scary but maybe it wasnt trying to be (in the traditional sense at least).

Despite being long, baggy and bizarrely paced the film isn't boring, visually it's too well made and enticing to be boring. It's certainly luxurious and beautifully made (even if the colour palette is the opposite of the 1977 original). The dance scenes are edited with an intoxicating excitement, almost as though a spell is cast upon you. The makeup effects are beautifully disgusting and the film appealingly gory, but the film is too long and too baggy to sustain the tension.

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