Digging Up Suspiria Is a Rotten Idea

On its surface, remaking Suspiria is a bad, bad, bad idea. Upon further reflection, it’s an even worse idea. Dario Argento’s 1977 masterpiece of giallo and tension is essentially flawless, and there is simply no way to improve upon it, so why even bother with a project doomed to failure?

Well, don’t tell director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, The Sitter) that he’s embarking on a fool’s errand. Green has his Suspiria remake prepped to begin shooting in the fall, from a script by him and Chris Gebert. Here’s the synopsis, which hews closely to the original, but veers away on a key element:

A young American student travels to Europe to attend a world-renowned school. “After a series of brutal murders, she learns that the academy is a front for something way more sinister than education.”

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