Nightmare Fuel: 'Suspiria,' 'The Exorcist' and remake frenzy Ep. #3
The only thing more terrifying than the last three minutes of this episode of Nightmare Fuel is the first seven!
If you get that reference, you may well be a superfan of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic Suspiria. And even if you don't/aren't, you've likely at least heard of the film, a dreamlike, color-drenched, ultra-violent cult favorite that centers on some witchy happenings at a prestigious German dance academy.
On this week's special in-studio edition of HitFix's new weekly horror series, HitFix chief film critic Drew McWeeny joins me to discuss Italian director Luca Guadagnino's planned remake of the film that's set to star none other than fierce, angular cinema icon Tilda Swinton (along with Dakota Johnson, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts) as well as two other forthcoming remakes/reboots/revivals: Jeremy Slater's TV pilot for The Exorcist (a "modern reinvention" of William Peter Blatty's novel) and Rabid, Jen and Sylvia Soska's remake of the gnarly, grimy David Cronenberg film of the same name.
We have a lot of questions about these. To start, is it wise for anyone to try remaking Argento's singular classic? How will The Exorcist distinguish itself from William Friedkin's 1973 film? And will the Soska Sisters take a cue from Cronenberg and cast an adult film actress in the lead role? Drew and I discuss all that and more in the video embedded above and below.
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