Watch How Some of Suspiria's Most Disturbing Moments Came to Life

Suspiria is one messed-up movie.
Suspiria is one messed-up movie.
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We’ve already established that Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria is quite good. And maybe you’ve even had a chance to see it. Even if you haven’t, though, you can skip to some of its best, most disturbing parts thanks to a new featurette.

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The clip goes through how several of Suspiria’s more violent, creepy scenes were achieved through practical effects. Mark Coulier, the prosthetic makeup designer on Suspiria, is at the center of the clip, and he takes us through how he and his team brought the gruesome, gut-wrenching visuals to life.

Beware though, this video does ruin several of the film’s surprises.

Just seeing how the mirror room dance scene is done, or how Tilda Swinton was made-up to be Helena Markos, the leader of the witch coven, is enough to send goosebumps up your arms. This is really top-notch work that gives the film an even more disturbing layer.

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Suspiria is still in select theaters and will be on Amazon Prime next year.


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DISCUSSION

We’ve already established that Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria is quite good.

Controversial! The effects sequences are pretty righteously disgusting, and it is wonderful to watch Tilda Swinton swish around in a long skirt making cryptic pronouncements about art, but whenever the film reaches toward the unknown it ends up with stock horror imagery. Especially compared to Argento, this film’s relationship to the unconscious (therapist and all) seems more calculated than felt.

It’s worth watching, in that ambition deserves eyeballs, but I did not see the kind of surreal, personal poetry that makes me love Argento, Jean Rollin, Mario Bava, or Don Coscarelli.