Dario Argento “wasn’t consulted” on Suspiria remake

Italian horror director Dario Argento talks about the forthcoming Suspiria remake at FrightFest.


1977’s bizarre and bloody Suspiria is regarded as Dario Argento’s most iconic film.

When it comes to horror movies, nothing’s sacred. Now that there’s hardly any Eighties slasher movies left to remake, Hollywood has set its sights further afield: there’s currently a remake of Suspiria, Dario Argento’s 1977 giallo masterpiece, in the works.

Argento was the guest of honour at this year’s FrightFest, and during a stage interview celebrating his work, he was asked how he felt about the prospect of an updated Suspiria. He admitted he didn’t know much about the remake – not even the name of the director – and hadn’t been consulted. But although he claimed to hate the idea of remakes on principle, the maestro seemed pretty laid back about the whole thing.

“I think it is a good film, and it won’t be so easy to make it better, so I say: OK, try!” he told the audience. And when he was told that the remake’s director [Your Highness and The Pineapple Express‘ David Gordon Green] had claimed his version would be more psychedelic than the original, Argento just laughed. “Very funny!” he said.

Dario Argento’s new film, Dracula 3D, will be out in the UK early next year. You can get the original Suspiria on Blu-ray for £13.99 from Amazon.co.uk.