I was never a great fan of Argento or the original, but I think watching this version–which is supposedly based on the original first draft–I have more of an appreciation now. The first one suffers from in-your-face 70s style choices, the music, the sound effects, the gaudy colors; that all add up to something a bit corny.
The corniness has been removed this time around. Instead there are disturbing dance numbers, unnatural movements, summoning the evil in twisted, visual ways.
I didn’t even recognize Dakota Johnson with long red hair. She surprised. The cast was good, but, unexpectedly, there’s less characterization here than in the first one. We don’t find out much about the school, its founders, or their stories. Despite that, it does bog down with some flashes over to Johnson’s American Amish family. It could have been shorter, and it could have given more, but the ending comes on strong with twists.
A writhing naked witch dance summons up all sorts of malevolence. And then the big twist, not found in the original film. The two movies end so differently that this new iteration is justified, just not great. Maybe I’m spoiled.
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