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.



My first taste of Dario Argento was watching Phenomena earlier this year (yeah, I know, kinda silly that it took me so long) as part of my 1985 movie marathon. I ended up not liking that movie at all, but even then I knew that Suspiria was considered his true classic. Well, it is indeed, and I found myself really enjoying it. From the insanely insane (and spooky, and groovy, and…) soundtrack by Goblin to the creepy cast and decor, this was very entertaining to watch — sure, the horror elements aren’t as shocking as I’m sure they were at the time, but I could appreciate the intensity of what was happening. Most of the acting is still pretty bad (apart from the main character), and the voice dubbing is distracting, but that didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment of the film as a whole.