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Dario Argento, director of the original ‘Suspiria’ film, says remake “betrayed” his version

Director of the original 'Suspiria' film, Dario Argento

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The director was not impressed with the new version

The director of the original Suspiria movie, Dario Argento, has criticised the remake of his 1977 classic horror movie.

In a new interview with Un Giorno de Pecorca, the director criticised Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 version saying that it did not “excite” him and adding that it was a “betrayal” of the original. The remake starred Mia Gothh, Tilda Swinton and Chloe Grace-Moretz and the film was scored by Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke.

Speaking about the remake, Argento said: “It did not exite 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.”

A scene from the latest ‘Suspiria’ film

He added that the re-make was a “refined film, like Guadagnino” who he complimented as “a fine person.” He also went on to praise his design, saying that he made “beautiful tables, beautiful curtain, beautiful dishes, all beautiful.”

The film divided critical opinion. Reviewing the film, NME wrote: “For all of its atmospheric scene-setting leading to the final act bluster, 2018’s Suspiria feels dispiritingly anonymous and indistinct, despite tantalising, fleeting flashes to the contrary, and a little, well, old hat. The greatest horror is how average it is.”

The film was scored by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and featured 25 original compositions. Yorke told The Hollywood Reporter that it took a “few months to even contemplate the idea” of scoring the film. He said that Goblin’s original Suspiria score “is one of those legendary soundtracks.”

“It was one of those moments in your life where you want to run away but you know you’ll regret it if you do,” he said.

“I watched the original film several times, and I loved it because it was of that time, an incredibly intense soundtrack. Obviously Goblin and Dario [Argento] worked incredibly closely when they did it together.”