One of the more interesting directors I would say from the list of films we were to watch in class. Luca Guadagino is a masterful director who is known to tap into our senses with his play on the films he has directed. This is extremely evident in the way he directed this horror film. He tries to elicit emotion from this horror by keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. Also, pretty interesting casting Dakota Johnson as his lead in this film. I personally adore Dakota Johnson and enjoyed her being a protagonist in yet another thriller/drama type film even more so because of the horror factor. Although it is a horror film, Guadagino uses the dance academy to extract different kinds of responses. It felt like a more modern take in the film as it seems there is more physicality and overt sexuality in the choreography in the film. Argento the director of the 1977 film barely explored the power the dancing portion had on viewers. Guadagino is brilliant in how he used dancing to explore more on sexuality. He explicitly creates a sort of perverted version of dancing in which it goes past just a physical activity but turns into a artistic expression of sorts.
I found it interesting that the film is still set in 1977 and that they continuously stress the fact that the government in the film is still being run by the same people from the nazi era. There obviously will be comparisons as Guadagino’s remake takes a different angle compared to Argento’s film. It is a whole different experience. The original version sustained itself with primary-colored floodlights, especially red. , Guadagnino’s version is a different experience altogether. His color palette is muted to reflect the dour, autumnal setting.
Finally, I love how it’s a horror film in which you really have to think. The film isn’t made for dull minds because those kind of viewers would usually find this film boring for it’s lack of jump-scares and the confusion of the film. It’s not your average conventional horror films as the director really plays on metaphors and the need for audiences to know some details about Germany to really appreciate the film.