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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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Perfection commands sacrifice. See more »


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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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dakota Johnson completed 2 years of ballet training in preparation for her role in this film. 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

Susie Bannion: [When asked what dance feels like to her] It felt like what I think it must feel like to fuck.
Madame Blanc: Do you mean fuck a man?
Susie Bannion: No. I was thinking of an animal.
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Crazy Credits

The film's title is inconspicuously announced at the end of the opening credits, appearing in the mise-en-scène on an overhead sign Susie walks beneath in the U-Bahn station. See more »

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Referenced in 1st Viewing: The Nutcracker in 3D (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Vous qui Passez sans me Voir
Music by Johnny Hess and Paul Misraki
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Jean Sablon
Courtesy of Warner Music France
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Very disappointing
22 March 2019 | by sf-cinephileSee all my reviews

As a fan of Dario Argento's original, I was cautiously hopeful about this remake, but ended up feeling really let down. This remake doesn't have the pervasive sense of inevitable doom of the original, nor does it deliver on the scares. While it is punctuated with some good performances by some of the cast, it lacks the visual punch of the original, and replaces the original's sense of dread with occasional moments of uninspired gore.

The ending is likewise dissatisfying, giving us a long sequence of "wtf?" moments that left me puzzled as to what the writers might have been thinking. The biggest change from the original is featured in the ending, and that change makes no sense whatsoever - there is zero story motivation for it and, in fact, it contradicts story elements established earlier.

This remake is an hour longer than the original, but that extra hour is not used to expand the story in a compelling way, or even to treat the viewer to interesting visuals. It feels more like the director wanted to gloat over his own inflated sense of self-importance.

Uninspired visuals, lackluster storytelling, a script that meanders all over the place and pulls in entirely unnecessary historical events in an attempt to infuse itself with deeper meaning, a bunch of unmotivated gross-outs, along with the dumbest ending I've seen in a long time make this movie one I won't add to my collection. Rent it if you must, but if you're a fan of the original, be warned that your expectations won't be met (no matter how good you are at *not* having expectations). You might like this movie if you never saw the original, but even then, I can't imagine you'd think it was especially good.


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