SUSPIRIA Blu-ray Review
Young American dancer Susie Bannion arrives in 1970s Berlin to audition for the world-renowned Helena Markos Dance Co. When she vaults to the role of lead dancer, the woman she replaces breaks down and accuses the company’s female directors of witchcraft. Meanwhile, an inquisitive psychotherapist and a member of the troupe uncover dark and sinister secrets as they probe the depths of the studio’s hidden underground chambers.
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino
Written By: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi, & David Kajganich
Starring: Dakota Johnson (Susie Bannion), Lutz Ebersdorf (Dr. Josef Klemperer), Tilda Swinton (Madame Blanc), Doris Hick (Frau Sesame), Malgozata Bela (Susie’s Mother), Chloë Grace Moretz (Patricia), Angela Winkler (Miss Tanner), Vanda Capriolo (Alberta), Alek Wek (Miss Millius), Jessica Batut (Miss Mandel), Elena Fokina (Olga), and more.
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, & Mystery
Runtime: Approx. 152 Minutes
- English Dolby Atmos
- 1080p High Definition
- 16X9 (1.85:1) Presentation
- Subtitles: English SDH & Spanish
- The Making of Suspiria
- The Secret Language of Dance
- The Transformations of Suspiria
I give the Suspiria Blu-ray a B.
Suspiria follows Susie Bannion, an American dancer who travels to Berlin in 1977 to audition for a spot with the Helena Markos Dance Company. When Madame Blanc (famed choreographer) steps in on the audition, she is blown away by Susie’s raw talent. Strange things start to occur as well as accusations that the Company’s Directors are a coven of Witches.
Unfortunately, I have not seen the original which was released in 1977 and directed by Dario Argento. Maybe in the near future, I’ll watch it and compare the two. This film was strange. I think strange is a lenient or maybe too broad of a word to describe this film. It was nothing like I’ve seen before. Visually it was stunning and Tilda Swinton stood out the most throughout the film.
There are many things I liked about this film. As I have said above, Tilda Swinton, who plays Madame Blanc, shined in this film. I was thoroughly impressed with her performance. This film is in both German and English. Swinton’s accent was perfect. By no means am I an expert on the German language. I don’t even speak it. But I’ve always been fascinated by it. The only thing I felt wrong about the character was that she had an English accent of sorts and spoke perfectly in German. There is nothing wrong with that because maybe her character wasn’t born in Germany. Tilda Swinton has always had a unique look to her. So she fits perfectly in this coven of witches. Not to shadow Dakota Johnson who was the main focus of this film. She portrayed the innocent Susie Bannion perfectly. What I mean by innocent. She grew up Amish and her innocence and naivety add somewhat of a mystery to the character. You knew she was destined to be different, you just don’t know why. The dance scenes were somewhat creepy. It was as if another or maybe sinister source was controlling their dance moves.
Catch Suspiria out on Blu-ray & Digital January 29th!