I saw the 2018 "Suspiria" today and was highly impressed, a little puzzled, but mostly enthralled. It's ambitious, outrageous, but hard to take your eyes off of. There are no jump scares but lots of creepy atmosphere and scenes that will be burned into your retinas.
While it's not fair to call this a remake, it is essentially the same plot of the original, but it has more narrative drive (and dare I say logic) than the original. For example, in the original we never find out why witches would use a dance academy as a cover, but in this one it becomes obvious that they are involving the girls in ritual dances from which they can draw power. It doesn't seek to imitate the 1977 original visually (how could you?) but it does have a striking appearance of its own.
There's also much more story around the psychologist and he has a back story that weighs heavily on his decisions. There's a bit of story around 70's German underground rebellion politics that I never really understood the purpose of--it just kept taking me out of the insular world of the academy that was so well created.
The movie is full of juxtaposition: highly watchable but demanding of patience, beautiful yet ugly, potentially pretentious but boldly artistic and respecting of the audience. If you like witch movies (which I do), you absolutely need to see this one. If you want something standard that plays it safe, you should probably skip this one. I can't really sum up this movie better than this review I read on Impulse Gamer:
"This reviewer is still in utter shock and awe over this film. It is unfathomable as it is uncompromising; it is ambitious as it is audacious; it is overwrought as it is darkly amusing, and it is gory as it is expressionistic. It could throw you into the entire gamut of emotions on a massive scale or it could leave you scaling up the cinema steps due to sheer boredom. Either way, there really isn’t a remake like this out there. For that alone, Suspiria is to be applauded."
4 out of 5 stars.