Sus­piria

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ANDY’S RAT­ING: ★★

In cinemas on Fri­day

HOR­ROR nuts con­sider Dario Ar­gento’s Sus­piria one of the

scari­est films ever made. Yet I doubt many wanted a re­make.

Like flares and av­o­cado bath­room suites, this camp shocker didn’t just come from the 70s, it de­served to stay there too.

Ar­gento’s film about a witches’ dance academy was camp, gory, sexy and had a thump­ing prog-rock sound­track.

Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor Luca Guadagnino has a bet­ter cast, a proper chore­og­ra­pher and an art­fully creepy sound­track by Ra­dio­head’s Thom Yorke.

It could have been heaps of fun if it hadn’t taken it­self so se­ri­ously.

It’s 1977 and Susie Ban­nion (Dakota John­son) has run away from a Chris­tian com­mu­nity in Ohio to au­di­tion for a pres­ti­gious dance academy in Ber­lin.

She has had no train­ing but her rou­tine en­thrals the school’s di­rec­tor Madame Blanc (an ex­cel­lent Tilda Swin­ton).

Swin­ton is less con­vinc­ing swathed in old man make-up to play the psy­chi­a­trist who is treat­ing what he thinks is a de­luded dancer (Chloe Grace Moretz) who claims her teacher is a witch.

Those scenes, along with the shrink’s rub­bery skin, set our nerves on edge as strange things start hap­pen­ing while Susie dances her way to the top.

It’s qui­etly creepy but sur­pris­ingly un­scary as Guadagnino de­votes too much time to dance rou­tines and Ger­man his­tory.

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