Director: Luca Guadagnino
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth

It’s rare when a new version of a movie is better than the original. 2018’s Suspiria was able to expand upon some of the ideas laid out in Dario Argento’s 1977 original. Now, before y’all get all uppity, hear me out.

Argento’s Suspiria is a work of art. The score, written by Italian rock band Goblin, is its own character in the film, Argento’s direction and the way he played with light makes the film feel like you’re in a dream, and the gore is very ’70s horror. However, Suspiria ’18 is almost an hour longer, allowing director Luca Guadagnino to flesh out plot points like the backstory of the psychoanalyst (one of three characters played by Tilda Swinton) and the motives of the witches teaching at the dance school.

What really makes this version better, though, is the dance scene during the first half of the film. Susie (played by Dakota Johnson) contorting the body of another girl trying to escape the witches’ maniacal grasps in another room that’s full of mirrors is by far one of the most chilling scenes in horror movie history. There are also nods to the original in the form of swift ’70s-style camera pans and the dialogue’s campiness. The only real knock I have is that Thom Yorke’s score falls short of creating an atmosphere of sound for the viewer in the same way Goblin did, but either way, horror is officially back. Hopefully it’ll be for good this time. —Angel Diaz