Famed Italian “giallo” director Dario Argento is known for his stylish and much-imitated horror flicks, with the most revered one being 1977’s “I think my dance instructor might be Satan!” cult epic Suspiria. Dario Argento was interviewed by Radio Rai 1’s Un Giorno da Pecora (via The Film Stage) and the host brought up 2018’s remake of Suspiria by “Call Me By Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino that starred Tilda Swinton and that bore from the 50 Shades trilogy. Suffice to say, Dario wasn’t thrilled by the remake and probably acted like those incel-types by trying to tank it on Rotten Tomatoes out of spite.
Dario Argento might be one of those friends who will kill you with kindness and then talk shit about you behind your back. Last year, Guadagnino said that he had sat down with Argento who allegedly gave him his blessing to remake his flick about a witchy dance academy where the dancers get murdered super stylishly.
“I am friends with Dario [Argento] and I have had the privilege of knowing him for a long time,” Luca Guadagnino said last year when it comes to the director’s participation in his remake of Suspiria. “We had a dinner in which he said to me, ‘You don’t need any blessing. You need to just go and do your movie.’ He was very generous. He has seen the movie, but it’s not for me to relay his reaction. I can only say to you that after he saw it he called me, and it was a great call.”
Luca might have had dinner with someone named “Dario Argento” whom he found on Facebook because it doesn’t sound like the real one was the guy with whom he broke bread.
“It did not excite me, it betrayed the spirit of the original film: there is no fear, there is no music. The film has not satisfied me so much,” Argento recently said.
Argento then took a page from the book of the late lamented Queen of Soul AND Shade, Aretha Franklin, by damning Luca’s ass with faint praise by noting how beautiful the remake’s
gowns props and sets were.
He went on to concede that it was “a refined film, like Guadagnino, who is a fine person.” In a statement that may be more damning then he intended, he also added, “Guadagnino makes beautiful tables, beautiful curtains, beautiful dishes, all beautiful…”
Tilda Swinton plays two (and possibly three) roles in the remake and gave us this iconic look and yet, neither of these two are talking about what a paranormal treasure she is and how she’s normally the reason to watch any movie. So it’s impossible to take either of them seriously. I’d rather hear from Tilda and the costume designer.