Mothers, Daughters and German Autumns in Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’ Remake [Horror Queers Podcast]

Eat my c**t.

After looking at two very different types of queer-coded bromances in Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse and Ron Underwood’s Tremors, we took a trip to Poland to analyze the trans allegory in the mermaid horror musical The Lure before heading back into the twisted mind of Clive Barker to discuss his infamous directorial debut, Hellraiser. This week, we’re doing a deep dive into Luca Guadagnino‘s 2018 remake of Dario Argento‘s 1977 classic Suspiria.

In the film, Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) is an American woman and former Mennonite who enrolls at the prestigious Markos Dance Academy in 1977 Berlin that just so happens to be run by a coven of witches, including the mysterious Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton).

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Episode 196: Suspiria (2018)

Prepare your red rope costume and spread open that chest vagina because we’re heading to divided Berlin in 1977 to discuss Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s classic horror film Suspiria! Joining us for the conversation is Trace’s better half Ari Drew, who is cashing in his annual guest spot ticket!

Join us as we go all in on the film’s disastrous release strategy before providing a crash course on the film’s historical context that absolutely enriches the dense and layered text. Then we’ll offer up a plethora of different interpretations of the film’s themes and plot developments.

Plus: our thoughts on Argento’s original film, juicy matriarchs with baby arms, Volk, Tilda’s triple threat and…lots of Disney connections (specifically Hercules and Sleeping Beauty)???

Cross out Suspiria!

Coming up on Wednesday: In advance of the second season premiere of SyFy’s Chucky, we’re going back to revisit the final film in the Child’s Play franchise just in time for its 5th anniversary: Cult of Chucky!

P.S. Subscribe to our Patreon for more than 200 hours of additional content! This month, we’ve got episodes on the film adaptation of My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Disney’s legacy sequel Hocus Pocus 2, Hulu’s Hellraiser reboot, the final(?) entry in David Gordon Green’s Halloween series Halloween Ends, and an audio commentary on Gore Verbinski’s The Ring, just in time for its 20th anniversary!

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