If your supernatural horror movie has the power to move an avowed connoisseur like Quentin Tarantino to tears — and yes, we mean in the good way — then there’s a solid chance you’ve been doing something right.
For Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino, whose reboot of the 1977 Italian cult classic is bringing the scares to to U.S. theaters this fall, it’s an honor that hopefully portends a place for his atmospheric, character-driven horror trip within the pantheon of other critically-adored horror classics.
“I showed it to Quentin Tarantino. We’ve been friends since our jury duty at the Venice Film Festival,” Guadagnino recently told the Italian press, via a report at Indiewire. “I was nervous but eager to hear his advice…He was enthusiastic about it, in the end he was crying and hugged me. Because it’s a horror movie but also a melodrama, my goal was to make you look at the horror without being able to take [your eyes off the screen] because you’re captivated by the characters.”
Starring Dakota Johnson and featuring an original score by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Guadagnino’s Suspiria is reportedly more of a thematic reboot of the 1977 original from director Dario Argento, still revered by horror fans as a genre classic. Johnson stars as Susie Bannion, the newest addition to a world-famous dance troupe led by Tilda Swinton’s Madame Blanc. As a string of murders unfolds, Susie begins to realize that there may be much more to Madame Blanc — and the dance academy — than mere mastery of the performing arts.
As for Tarantino, the Pulp Fiction director appears to be boldly going, for the first time, into uncharted sci-fi territory with his reported involvement in the next installation of the J.J. Abrams-produced Star Trek series. Reports so far have pegged S.J. Clarkson as the project’s director, so Tarantino’s exact creative role still isn’t totally clear — but Star Trek Beyond actor and co-writer Simon Pegg recently indicated fans shouldn’t worry about the project ending up as a “Pulp Fiction in space.”
In the meantime, we’ll take Tarantino’s emotional response to Suspiria as a good omen for horror fans. Slated for release in U.S. theaters from Amazon Studios, Suspiria will creep its way into our psyches beginning Nov. 2.