Debaser Film

Suspiria (2018)

After Nocturne, watching the Suspiria remake suddenly came to mind, and I’m glad I did as it made for a very good match. I’d been meaning to watch this ever since its release, but for some reason never felt in the mood to do so — I had even started it at some point, but stopped after about 10 minutes. Well, this time I was completely sucked in, and enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish. I watched the original Suspiria a few years ago, and while it does keep the main ideas, it does swerve quite a bit, but in a way that makes for a much more interesting story. The way its shot and the general aesthetic of the film are definitely its strong point, and I particularly liked the division in acts with an epilogue. Yes, it gets pretty nuts towards the end, but in what I thought was a satisfying way, and I felt that the scene that sees torture through dance (movements from one person affecting the other) was particularly inspired. A very good film indeed.

One thing I’ll note though is that I continue to have issues with subtitles on “auto” in Prime Video, in that they just stop working, and so when you’re watching a film that includes sequences in languages other than English (there’s a lot of spoken German in Suspiria) you need to put on Closed Captioning, which I find incredibly distracting. I had the same issue watching Jack Ryan, and it made it annoying to watch at times. It looks like this is a known issue with Prime Video, and I wonder why they don’t fix it.

By Jean Snow

Senior Manager, Esports at Ubisoft. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.