A firm release date for the much-anticipated remake of the horror classic Suspiria has been confirmed. The bloody tale of dance and witchcraft - which has been directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) - was known to be arriving in theaters in the Fall of this year. It has now been announced that U.S. audiences can now expect to see the movie in early November. The first images of Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey) in the film's lead role have also been unveiled.
The original Suspiria holds a special kind of status with horror fans around the world. Directed by Italian auteur Dario Argento, it was released in 1977 and went on to be regarded as a cult movie. It told the story of young American Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) entering a German dance academy and becoming witness to several gory deaths of the students. A nerve-jangling soundtrack by Italian prog-rock band Goblin and intense murder sequences, led it to become almost infamous in many countries. Rumors of a remake have been circulating for recent years, with David Gordon Green linked to a proposed remake in 2011, but that version failed to reach production. Guadagnino then announced that he was shooting a new version of the film, with the director stating that the remake would be 'completely different' to the original.
Now the official Twitter account for Suspiria has announced that the movie will arrive in U.S. theaters on November 2. With that news it adds two shots of Johnson in character, showing the actress in sweats and surrounded by other students in a dance class. The post also includes the ominous words; "Darkness is building at a world-renowned dance company". You can see the tweet and photos below.
It obviously doesn't reveal much more about what to expect from the film, apart from Johnson's status as a dancer in the plot. In this version she plays Susie Bannion (note the slight name change), who also visits a German dance school for ballet training with appropriately horrific events occurring. The impressive cast includes; Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness), and original lead actress Harper in an alternative role. Swinton and Johnson have worked before with Guadagnino in A Bigger Splash. The soundtrack is being handled by Radiohead's Thom Yorke.
Whilst many genre fans were pessimistic that a modern-day remake would do justice to the film, a recent showing of footage at CinemaCon would seem to have dashed most people's concerns. Describing a scene where a dancer is reduced to a pile of broken bones and flesh, some in attendance described it as 'sickening' but all were greatly affected in some way. Horror remains very much in trend at the moment, with A Quiet Place being the most recent box office success. As such, this remake could prove to be something very special indeed.
Suspiria hits U.S. theaters later this year on Friday, November 2.
Source: Suspiria Movie