Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake hit theaters late last year and received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Dario Argento, who directed the 1977 original did not enjoy the remake at all, and he's not mincing his words when expressing his feelings. Guadagnino took a different approach to the horror classic and made it his own, preferring to call it an adaptation as opposed to a remake. Regardless of the bold choices that he made, Argento is not a fan of what Guadagnino did.
Luca Guadagnino is "a fine person," according to Dario Argento. He also says that, "Guadagnino makes beautiful tables, beautiful curtains, beautiful dishes, all beautiful..." But, he really isn't into what the director did with Suspiria. However, Argento did say that Guadagnino's take on the movie was "refined," which seems to be the only compliment that he had for the movie. He had this to say.
"It did not excite me, it betrayed the spirit of the original film: there is no fear, there is no music. The film has not satisfied me so much."
Luca Guadagnino made a lot of tough decisions to make his own version of Suspiria, which included getting rid of Goblin's original score, which Dario Argento worked on closely with the band. Argento had the band doing the music as the movie was being made and directed scenes while piping in unfinished recordings on to the set while filming. The result is a pretty amazing collaboration that helped to elevate the movie and the music. Goblin's Suspiria score is a noted prog rock masterpiece, so some fans were thrown for a loop when Guadagnino brought on Radiohead's Thom Yorke to create a brand-new score that had nothing to do with the original.
Initial reactions to Suspiria had people looking away from the screen and gasping in horror. These are precisely the types of reactions that you want to go public before a horror movie hits theaters. However, once the shock wore off, critics and audiences weren't sure what to make of the remake. It's only now, a handful of months since its theatrical release that some horror fans are starting to come around to it and appreciate what Luca Guadagnino did when making it.
When looked at as an adaptation of Dario Argento's Suspiria, the new version tends to look better. Argento's bright colors are all but gone and the atmosphere is completely different without the iconic Goblin score, but Thom Yorke did an excellent job of creating his own thing in the process too. His album stands alone and is a pretty awesome for his first time taking time to score a film. Regardless, there are always going to be people who are not into the latest Suspiria and Argento is firmly in that camp. The interview with Dario Argento was first conducted by The Film Stage.