Fifty shades of red in the hor­ror re­make.

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Pa­lermo, 1985.” Luca Guadagnino re­mem­bers ex­actly where he was when he first saw Dario Ar­gento’s 1977 hor­ror mas­ter­piece Sus­piria. “It was the liv­ing room of my fam­ily home and I was all alone. It was 9 o’clock in the evening. I was scared and shocked.” Now it’s his turn to crank up the scares with this chill­ing and chal­leng­ing re­make of Ar­gento’s vivid su­per­nat­u­ral tale.

Hot off his Os­car-nom­i­nated Call Me By Your Name, Guadagnino has gath­ered a strong fe­male cast led by his star from 2015’s A Big­ger Splash, Dakota John­son. “An ac­tress who never goes for the ob­vi­ous,” she plays Susie Ban­nion, an Amer­i­can dancer who joins a Ber­lin dance academy hid­ing a witches’ coven.

While it’s al­most an hour longer than the orig­i­nal, Guadagnino does not feel his ver­sion is so dif­fer­ent. “I like to think this film is a sib­ling, a cousin, a mem­ber of the Ar­gento fam­ily,” he says. Ar­gento even gave his bless­ing af­ter see­ing the re­make. “He said his movie was fe­ro­cious and wild and my movie is in­tel­lec­tual and ten­der!”

This may come from the ex­hil­a­rat­ing chore­og­ra­phy by Damien Jalet and score by Thom Yorke, the first time the Ra­dio­head front­man has ever writ­ten a sound­track. “I felt this movie needed the voice of our gen­er­a­tion, for the mu­sic of this film.” How did he get Yorke? “I al­ways ask! I try! Some­times you suc­ceed, some­times you don’t!”

With the cast in­clud­ing Ar­gento’s orig­i­nal star Jes­sica Harper and Chloë Grace Moretz, Guadagnino’s muse Tilda Swin­ton plays mul­ti­ple roles, in­clud­ing an age­ing male shrink (un­der pros­thet­ics and cred­ited to the fic­tional Lutz Ebers­dorf). “Our aim was to have a new face born on screen,” he grins. “That’s what I can tell you.”


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