Amazon has unveiled a teaser poster for their Suspiria remake, following the debut of gruesome footage at CinemaCon. The original Suspiria was directed by Italian horror icon Dario Argento and followed an American ballet student travelling to a dance academy in Germany, and uncovering its dark secrets following a string of murders. The film's lush technicolor photography, shocking violence and eerie score combined to make it a nightmarish classic.
Argento followed the film with two sequels; 1980's Inferno and 2007's belated Mother Of Tears. Suspiria is considered the filmmaker's classic, and director David Gordon Green (Halloween) spent years trying to get a remake off the ground, but it eventually fell apart, with financers feeling the concept was too close to Black Swan. Now director Luca Guadagnino is taking on the project, with a cast that includes Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Chloe Grace Moretz.
The cast and crew have all stated the Suspiria remake will be something different from the original, and now footage for the movie has appeared at CinemaCon. Deadline described the gory scene, where Johnson's student is dancing under strict instruction from Swinton's teacher. However, every twisting move Johnson's character makes injures another dancer somewhere else, like a voodoo doll. By the end of the scene, the other dancer is reduced to a gory pile of broken, protruding bones.
The footage has been described as 'sickening' by some in attendance, but judging from reactions to it so far, it appears the scene has put the Suspiria remake on horror fans' radar. Amazon has also debuted a distinctive teaser poster for the movie.
Argento's Suspiria is considered by many to be one of the most unique horror movies ever made, and there's a healthy amount of skepticism surrounding the remake. That said, Luca Guadagnino – who directed 2017's acclaimed Call Me By Your Name – has promised a much different take on the concept. He's a fan of the original and says his version is inspired by the emotions the original produced in him, rather than trying to copy or recreate it.
Suspiria has certainly attracted a quality cast and will also feature a score composed by Radiohead's Thom Yorke. The runtime for the movie is also said to be close to two-and-a-half hours, so while some fans may think the existence of the project is blasphemy, it's shaping up to be something quite different from Dario Argento's masterpiece.
Suspiria doesn't currently have a set release date but is expected to be arrive Fall 2018.