Thom Yorke of Radiohead debuts in his first soundtrack for director Luca Guadagnino’s remake of ‘Suspiria’ Although this film seems like a thriller and is an artistic collaboration for indie movie fans, the story is equally as climactic for horror movie fans alike.
A quick disclaimer: this movie is not for the squeamish, and the ladies in this ballet film won’t be dancing the ‘Black Swan.’ Ten minutes into the film and the viewer is instantly greeted with a supernatural and gore-tastic dance number that would make even the most hardened horror-movie buff cringe.
The story is placed during the politically-tense Cold War in Germany, right after the Berlin Wall was built. However, this movie is not a lesson in history.
The predominant story focuses on a prestigious ballet studio, one that the main character, Susie (Dakota Johnson), can only dream of getting into after leaving her home in Ohio. The cold, grey tones of the shots set the ominous mood once Susie reaches Germany.
Each shot is carefully planned, as the director really paid attention to the geometries of the architecture and the symbolism of certain shapes to supplement the occult aesthetic of the movie. Hidden in every arm movement or costume is a faint trace of an upside down pentagram.
Susie steps into the studio, guided by the echoes of her footsteps, and instantly senses that something is different about this establishment. Barely getting an opportunity to audition, Susie hypnotizes the instructors, and the mistresses of the ballet house look at her with a sinister gaze. She is then admitted into the studio.
“Witches!” shouts Olga, a dancer that was originally set to play the lead role for the studio’s production. She storms out of the rehearsal studio to pack her belongings, hoping to find her friend that has mysteriously disappeared from the dance studio …