Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 2hr 33m
Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria (2018) is already one of the most controversial films of the year, partly due to its reimagining of Argento’s original adult fairytale horror, and due its own specific brand of brooding and shockingly choreographed violence.
Set in an oppressively austere 1970s Berlin, Suzy Banyon (Dakota Johnson) is the new ingénue at the Marlos Dance Academy under the tutelage of Madame Blanc (Guadagnino’s now recurring muse, Tilda Swinton). Soon she replaces the lead dancer whom after suffering a physical and mental breakdown, accuses the academy of practicing witchcraft. An ex-member of the dance troupe alongside an investigative psychotherapist begin to unravel the dark secrets underneath the prestigious school.
Taking wider inspiration from cult European horror like Zulawski’s Possession (1981), this is an entirely different creature to Dario Argento’s brash, but stylish, Technicolor cult classic. Building on his success with Call Me By Your Name and A Bigger Splash, Guadagnino’s film has a cold terror of its own, building to an unforgettably visceral climax that will shred your nerves. (Research Darren Elliott-Smith)
This screening includes a spellbindingly special introduction from Dr Laura Mee (University of Hertfordshire).