(ag) wrote: So this has been compared with Suspiria which is one of my all time favourite films so I had to see this, although I doubted the comparison was apt. No one can do Argento. And sure enough, this is no Suspiria. Yes, it is stylish. I liked the colours, I even kind of liked the music. It has a eerie, haunting quality that I also liked - but the huge, enormous problem with this, and the reason I don't think it can be compared with Suspiria is that it takes itself pretty seriously! There is clearly meant to be some kind of subtext here, and boy, has it been done - the modelling world, Hollywood, LA is soulless and shallow, women are, well quite literally here, chewed up and spat out. Well ho hum, we know right?! And this isn't a redeeming film, in fact it is exploitative. The males in this film have all the power - the sleazy, rapey hotel owner, the sleazy, rapey photographer, the sleazy, rapey designer. Ugh, and the women in this film just grovel before these men, completely submissive, and then they turn on one another! So, no empowerment here. Honestly, Abbey Lee, who for some reason signed on for this even though it is kind of an insult to her and her kind, is 29 and still modelling, still successful, still looks amazing, and yet, in this film it's the same old same old 'You are past it once you hit 21' line. Not sure why everyone is so offended by the necrophilia scene - I thought that was about the only self-aware scene in the whole film, the only scene that acknowledged this is a pretty silly movie. So, this is definitely not going to knock Suspiria off it's perch any time soon. Argento knew he was making trash, he embraced it and Suspiria is a classic for just that reason. It didn't try to be something it isn't. See this for the colours and the costumes, mostly it just bored me.
(us) wrote: This movie is almost a duplicate of 1997's Event Horizon, which makes the vast diffence in critical reviews on these two films all the more suspect. As they are near clones, I'll give this film the same rating.