Director Luca Guadagnino's 2018 remake of Suspiria is now out in theaters, but does it have a post-credits scene? Back in 1977, Italian horror director Dario Argento released the original Suspiria, which starred Jessica Harper as American dancer Suzy Bannion, who joins an elite dance academy that turns out to be run by a coven of witches. Argento's film is regarded as one of the great classic horror movies, left a lasting impression on generations of the genre's fans.
One of these said individuals is director Luca Guadagnino, who last film, Call Me By Your Name, was nominated for Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars. Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) steps in as Susie for this reimagining of the Argento classic, while Tilda Swinton also headlines as the school's matriarch, Madame Blanc. Guadagnino explores the depths of this world for the full 152 minute runtime that is filled with tension, twists, and much more.
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With the elongated runtime (especially in comparison to Argento's 92 minute film) and an ending that leaves plenty to be discussed, moviegoers may be quick to exit the theater to discuss all that Suspiria had to offer. Still, you'll want to stick around a while longer, as Suspiria does have an after-credits scene. This was expected after a tease by Guadagnino hinted towards something else being at the end. But, if you haven't yet seen Suspiria and don't want to know what surprises await in the climax and through the credits, turn away now as there will be SPOILERS for Suspiria ahead.
Still with us? Good, because the final shot of Suspiria doesn't last long. Dakota Johnson is featured alone in the shot with only Susie's face towards us. She stares slightly off the frame and makes one final gesture when she raises her arm and slowly moves her hand down and out of frame. This is the same move she did in the closing moments of the film to erase Dr. Josef Klemperer's memory of all the events he had seen and girls involved with the dance company he met.
There are a few different ways to interpret the scene, but both are potentially chilling. One way of looking at this is that Susie - who is revealed to be Mother Suspiriorum in a third act twist - is doing this to the audience themselves. As one of the Three Mothers (god-like beings) Suspiria sets up, it could be viewed as Susie wiping the minds of everyone who just saw these events. The other possibility is that this is one final reminder that a reborn Suspiriorum is out there in this world and able to do as she pleases. This could be her wiping the mind of someone else or putting another individual under her spell. The latter is more likely to be what Guadagnino was going for, especially since there is potential for sequels.
Since the director has already remade Argento's 1977 hit, the same future could come to the original sequels Inferno and The Mother of Tears. Guadagnino is also flirting with the idea of a sequel to Call Me By Your Name, so there's no guarantee that he'll get to continue his take on Argento's ideas. If he does, then this after-credits scene could come back into play in his own sequel. And if it can't continue, then maybe the audience mind wipe theory will hold more weight in figuring out Suspiria's final shot.
- Suspiria (2018) release date: Nov 02, 2018