Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977) is largely considered to be one of the best horror films of all time, and rightly so. (It was #2 on our “Best Horror Movies You’ve (Probably) Never Seen list.”) It’s a strange, haunting, and visually beautiful film about, amongst other things, witches and stained glass windows. I know, right? You’re Netflixing this thing already, aren’t you?
As with almost every horror movie I’ve ever loved – Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Halloween – there’s a remake on the way, this time courtesy of writer/director David Gordon Green (Your Highness). Green recently talked about the remake, revealing that he wants to incorporate the famed original score and make scenes from the original “artful.”
Said Green about his take on the remake in an interview with Movie Line:
“I think it’s something that’s very closely inspired by Argento’s original movie, and I think fans of that movie will see that we’re taking those concepts — and in some cases those scenes, and in some cases those exact shots and dialogue — and expanding on it and making it very artful. And hopefully, horrifying.”
Expanding on the original to make it “artful”? Are you freaking kidding me here? Suspiria is considered to be one of the most “artful” horror films ever made. It’s a classic precisely because of how “artful” it is.
Also, color me confused as to why he plans to remake some of the original’s exact scenes, shots, and dialogue, Gus Van Sant-style. Perhaps to pacify the rabid fans? Now, I’m of the opinion that film remakes are a waste of time no matter what, but if they’re going to go to the trouble of making one – what the hell’s the point if they plan to copy the original (if only a little)?
One of the more memorable elements of the original Suspiria is its score as performed by Goblin. Take a listen in the opening scene below:
Apparently, David Gordon Green got the rights to use the score in the remake as well:
“We got the rights to the Goblin score, so we’re going to use that. Steve Jablonsky, who did the score for Your Highness, is incredible. So I would love to see what he would do with the Goblin music. We could start in a very faithful, synthesizer kind of world of music that Goblin does in the original film, and by the end of it turn that score into a huge opera, which would be incredible.”
Honestly, I can’t say that I’ve heard anything of Jablonsky’s that inspires confidence in his ability to craft a score worthy of Goblin’s original. The closest I can think of is the Desperate Housewives theme song, but all of his video game and Michael Bay music has always given me the impression that he’s Hans Zimmer-lite.
As for when the film will start shooting, Green said:
“I’m trying to put it together to shoot in the fall or winter next year. I just finished a new draft of the script. It’s very faithful to the original, although it doesn’t have anything to do with ballet — it’s more of an all-girls boarding school and focuses more on the occult.”
Ah. So that’s how the remake will differ from the original. Instead of taking place at an all-girls dancing school, it’ll take place at an all-girls boarding school. Crisis averted!
For more news about the Suspiria remake, keep your eye on the main page. David Gordon Green’s Your Highness, starring Danny McBride, James Franco, and Natalie Portman, hits theaters April 8th, 2011.
Source: Movie Line