I spent most every weekend of my teen years watching shlocky horror movies — Blue Moon, Troma, anything Rick Baker or Tom Savini were involved in — but Suspiria was one of those movies you get the whole gang together to watch at the end of the long night of horror flicks during a sleepover.
And then you fight to stay awake at 1:30 a.m.
Don’t get me wrong: Suspiria is a great film, and the trailer captures the exact tone of the original: Dread. Terror. And tedium. The tedium could be difficult to sit through, but it punctuated the terror. It was a terrifying film. When it wasn’t boring. But it wouldn’t have been as terrifying without the boredom. It’s like watching paint dry for 45 minutes, and then seeing someone’s brains brutally splattered all over the new paint. The imagery will stick with you for the rest of your life.
Check out the trailer. It gives me the exact same sense I had when watching the original film: That I could nod off any second, but if I did, those brief snatches of sleep would be absolutely nightmarish.
It’s good to see that Dakota Johnson is well on her way to rebounding from the Fifty Shades trilogy, and Chloë Grace Moretz and Tilda Swinton seem perfect for the film, which comes from Italian director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name). I am both dreading and looking forward to this, which comes out on November 2, 2018.