Luca Guadagnino remake of classic Dario Argento horror film Suspiria is set for a fall 2018 release in both Italy and the United States. Widely considered to be one of Argento's best films, Suspiria is a nerve-jangling nightmare tale about a naive young dancer who joins an elite dance academy, which turns out to be run by a coven of witches. Guadagnino - whose last film, Call Me By Your Name, was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars - presented the first gruesome footage from the remake at CinemaCon recently, shocking the audience members present.
Suspiria stars Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) as Susie Bannion, the role played by Jessica Harper in the original film, and the stellar cast also includes Tilda Swinton and Chloë Grace Moretz, as well as Harper herself in a smaller role.
Variety reports that Suspiria will get a theatrical release in Italy in fall 2018, with distribution by Videa, while Amazon Studios will release the film theatrically in the U.S. in fall 2018 as well. Amazon will be able to release the film on Amazon Prime in Italy five months after its theatrical release. The remake is currently in post-production, and we don't have a specific U.S. release date yet, but there will likely an official announcement alongside the first teaser - which should arrive this summer. Amazon has brought presentations to San Diego Comic-Con for three years running, so we'd recommend keeping an eye out for a first look at the movie on the weekend of July 20-22.
Argento's Suspiria is a classic of the giallo genre, featuring a vibrant color palette and a memorable score by Italian progressive rock band Goblin. Guadagnino's version will be scored by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Fans of the original may balk at the prospect of seeing it remade, but Guadagnino has said that while his movie is "inspired by the same story... it goes in different directions, it explores other reasons." The scene that was shown at CinemaCon does not appear in the original film, so it's safe to say there will be plenty of horrible surprises waiting, even for people who have seen Argento's film.
The horror genre has been experiencing a boom in recent years, with massive hits like last year's IT, which grossed more than $700 million worldwide. John Krasinski's tense horror film A Quiet Place, which released last month, has so far grossed $257 million worldwide, and attracted near-universal critical acclaim. All this is to say that Suspiria could be a surprise heavy-hitter at the fall box office, especially with a pedigree director like Guadagnino at the helm.