Chloë Grace Moretz Describes The Suspiria Remake As Modern Kubrick


As much as Suspiria has name brand cachet among horror fans, it never fully graduated from cult status into the mainstream pantheon, largely because of its unapologetically extreme, bizarre approach. Dario Argento’s love of excess is at the core of the original’s appeal, but director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name) is going in a slightly different direction with the new Suspiria, a re-working that’s more homage than remake.

While all indications suggest that Guadagnino delivers no shortage of shocks, co-star Chloë Grace Moretz says his film—which she recently saw—bears a closer resemblance to the work of another director known for an essential horror classic: Stanley Kubrick.

In a recent event at the Provincetown Film Festival, Moretz elaborated on the film’s debt to the director of The Shining. “This is a really big statement, but this is the closest to modern Stanley Kubrick I‘ve ever seen,” she said. “You’re put into a world, which I can only describe it as being like The Shining in a lot of ways, where you’re just encompassed in a filmmaker’s brain and you’re just implanted in there, and there’s nothing like it that you will ever see.”

While Moretz is no stranger to horror remakes—she also appeared in Let Me In and Carrie—she makes it clear that Suspiria was a completely unique experience. “That was a crazy movie to be a part of,” she explained. “Here’s the thing: it’s so secretive that it’s super locked down. It’s secretive and I want it to be secretive because you guys are gonna be so shocked. It is wild. It’s crazy… Luca is Luca and there’s kind of no mistaking it for anything else. He’ll let you do the craziest stuff on screen and won’t bat an eye. He’ll tell you to go farther.”

Suspiria arrives in theatres on November 2. Check out the chilling trailer below.