The remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic Suspiria has its first trailer.
Directed by Luca Guadagnino, who last year earned wide acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Call Me by Your Name, this new Suspiria finds Dakota Johnson playing an American dancer who joins a world-renowned dance company. Of course, things are anything but normal in this company, as a darkness begins to engulf everyone. Chloë Grace Moretz and Tilda Swinton also star.
While it doesn’t carry quite the same punch as it did upon release, Argento’s original picture remains a great, highly influential chapter in the annals of horror cinema. A remake has big shoes to follow, but Guadagnino may be the right director to tackle it. He’s been on roll with has last few films, with I Am Love, A Bigger Splash and Call Me By Your Name all receiving varying levels of critical love and pulling in arthouse pundits.
He’s certainly going dark here, like, very dark. A bit of footage was shown off at CinemaCon last month, and the audience was in for a shock. “Sick,” “disturbing,” and “terrifying” came reactions for a scene that finds Johnson dancing in one room, her every move resulting in horrific injuries to a girl in another.
So far, it looks like we’re in for a classy shocker. Guadagnino reunites with Call Me by Your Name cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, A Bigger Splash scribe David Kajganich, and A Bigger Splash/Call Me By Your Name editor Walter Fasano, with music by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.
Suspiria, also starring Mia Goth, Jessica Harper and Lutz Ebersdorf, will be hitting US cinemas November 2.
Official synopsis for Suspiria:
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up. Suspiria arrives in theaters November 2. From director Luca Guadagnino. Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper and Chloe Grace Moretz.