Luca Guadagnino has been trying to get a remake of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece Suspiria off the ground for a couple of years. The filmmaker certainly has a passion for the project, even if it seems misplaced and most horror fans are probably dead against the idea. His I Am Love and A Bigger Splash star Tilda Swinton joined the cast about a year ago, followed by Mia Goth, but it didn’t actually recieve the green light to go ahead until now, chiefly because Variety has just broken the news that Chloe Grace Moretz has now signed on….which make this her third remake of a horror classic. Let Me In turned out surprisingly well but one can’t really say that about Carrie for which she gave an usually [for her] weak performance. Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide distribution rights and is financing the production, which possibly means that we won’t get to see it in cinemas anyway, but we shall see.
David Kajganich is writing the script based on the 1977 screenplay by Argento and Daria Nicolodi about a young ballet dancer who travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover it is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. Having seen a couple of Guadagnino’s films, it’s clear that he’s a good filmmaker, and I suppose we should be greatful that Dario, who has lost his touch in recent years, isn’t doing the remake himself, but I just can’t get behind this and can’t see how it can even approach the brilliance of the 1977 picture.