American student Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) arrives at the prestigious Markos Dance Academy in West Berlin in autumn 1977, shortly after the disappearance of student Patricia Hingle (Chloe Grace Moretz).
The missing girl made outlandish claims to Dr Josef Klemperer (Tilda Swinton, under heavy make-up) and the psychotherapist wonders if there might be a germ of truth to her ravings.
Klemperer investigates and seeks answers from one of Patricia’s friends, fellow student Sara (Mia Goth).
Meanwhile, Susie rises to the challenge of tutelage under the formidable Madame Blanc (Swinton again), whose unconventional practices raise the eyebrows of teachers Miss Tanner (Angela Winkler) and Miss Vendegast (Ingrid Caven).
Suspiria is a physically and emotionally draining remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 supernatural horror set at a dance academy, which is home to a coven of witches.
While the original film was a blood-soaked exercise in brevity and hallucinogenic visuals, enhanced with a creepy score courtesy of Italian prog-rock outfit Goblin, Luca Guadagnino’s remake runs almost one hour longer and indulges the theme of motherhood to woozy excess.
Swinton’s performances in multiple guises are a source of constant delight but bloat the picture’s excessive running time.
More is simply too much.
Dakota Johnson as Susie Bannion in this draining Argento remake