Suspiria ★★★½

Suspiria has lengthy run-time at 152 minutes, and is split into six acts and an epilogue. It completely differs from the original along with the director's last film, Call Me By Your Name. In fact, it completely differs from anything I have ever seen: it is ambitious, disgusting, experimental, confident, visceral, unconventional, and even pretentious and long. It doesn't live up to be what it wants to be: a masterpiece, but it is an interesting and insane watch that has divided critics and moviegoers alike.

- There are two major scenes that are guaranteed to have a place in horror movie history. All of the best scenes involve dancing, which are all given power and visceral strength through fantastic camerawork and editing. However, in between these scenes there are bland, filler scenes that inflate the runtime to 2 1/2 hours long. Its length does not feel earned, and its six-act structure feels useless.

- Through its drained color palette and rainy weather, the movie achieves a strong and consistent sense of dread.

- The movie is set during the German Autumn of 1977. Its historical-political backdrop does not have any clear importance, either story-wise or thematically. The film attempts at exploring themes like power, motherhood, and feminism, but these ideas end up feeling half-baked. Because of this, there is a sense of pretense running throughout the film.

- I would imagine this would be hard to follow if you haven't seen the original first.

Even though it has glaring flaws, it is worth seeing for its scenes of horror, unconventiality, and bold direction.

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