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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Serious, lengthy, but creepy and unsettling horror remake.

Movie R 2018 152 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Waste of 2 hours

Not scary but stupid - senseless - bloody-not dancing, just gyrating-Thats 2 hours of my life i ll never get back.! Very very disappointing!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

The best horror film of all time, hands down.

I've seen Suspiria 3 times now. And it's absolutely amazing. Violence 8/10: is present throughout the film with blood spurts, guts, etc. A scene of a woman being killed from the inside with a spell that twists and mangles her body. Hooks are used to stab through limbs. Nudity 8/10: Nudity is seen a few times throughout, including frontal male nudity (brief) and female nudity (extended). None of it is sexual, however.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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This remake runs a full hour longer than Dario Argento's original 1977 horror masterpiece, and it eventually loses its way, but it also has powerful, unsettling imagery that's hard to dismiss. New to the horror genre, Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino seems to hedge his bets with Suspiria. Set in 1977, the movie tacks on many sociopolitical asides, such as frequent radio broadcasts about the Baader-Meinhof Group. And Swinton gives a tour-de-force performance in her heavily made-up role as Klemperer, a Holocaust survivor who mourns his wife. But as the movie drags on, Klemperer has less and less to do with the actual story.

It becomes clear that these things are nothing more than safety nets, decorations to make the movie seem more important. It's a movie about female power, but it turns its focus increasingly toward a man. But in the dance school sequences, the movie becomes genuinely creepy. Nothing scary actually happens for almost an hour, but Guadagnino sets up a nerve-rattling mood with his off-kilter angles and arrhythmic cutting, as well as sets like a mirrored room and dance costumes that look like dripping blood. And when the time comes to ramp up the gore, he doesn't hold back. Often the nightmare imagery can leave you wondering what's going on, and it's certainly far too serious to be fun -- it's no match for the original -- but Guadagnino's vision can hardly be called ineffective.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 26, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: January 29, 2019
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth
  • Director: Luca Guadagnino
  • Inclusion Information: Middle Eastern/North African directors
  • Studio: Amazon Studios
  • Genre: Horror
  • Topics: Arts and Dance
  • Run time: 152 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing content involving ritualistic violence, bloody images and graphic nudity, and for some language including sexual references
  • Last updated: October 8, 2022

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