Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake of Dario Aregento’s ballet-and-witches classic Suspiria is a total masterpiece and one of the most unfairly overlooked movies in recent memory. Beautiful, haunting, with much on its mind (perhaps too much), it was also a wild left turn for the director, who had just won critical acclaim and industry recognition for his tender coming-of-age drama Call Me By Your Name. But had Suspiria been more widely embraced (as it should have been), Guadagnino had plans for a follow-up (remember that Argento’s film was ultimately the first part of a loose thematic trilogy). I still remember him telling an enraptured Fantastic Fest crowd that he had almost called the movie Suspiria: Part 1. Now, in an interview with The Film Stage, he spills some beans about what that sequel would have been like. And it sounds bananas.
When asked if the sequel is still happening, Guadagnino shot back: “How? How, my dear? The movie made absolutely nothing. It was a disaster at the box office. I know that people are liking it more and more now. I loved making that movie. It’s very dear to me. But writer David Kajganich and I had really conceived it as the first half of a bigger story.” Right.