Dakota Johnson attends a world-renowned dance academy that comes with a fairly significant caveat (namely, it's run by witches) in the full-length Suspiria trailer. The remake of Dario Argento's 1977 horror cult classic further reunites Johnson behind the camera with her A Bigger Splash director, Luca Guadagnino.
The Suspiria re-imagining certainly isn't lacking when it comes to cast members and creatives with bonafides in the horror-thriller department. Case in point: Johnson is joined in the cast here by her A Bigger Splash costar Tilda Swinton (who has collaborated with Guadagnino several times already), as well as Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness), Angela Winkler (Dark), Chloë Grace Moretz (Let Me In), and even the star of Argento's original film, Jessica Harper. Meanwhile, behind the camera, Suspiria reunites Guadagnino with his A Bigger Splash screenwriter David Kajganich, who's fresh off the critical success of his semi-fictionalized horror period drama series for AMC, The Terror.
Whereas the Suspiria teaser trailer serves as more of a mood-setter that hints at the horrors to come in the film proper, the film's newly-unveiled official trailer dives deeper into the actual storyline and introduce the film's various players. Of course, these green band previews can only show so much of the "disturbing content" that earned the movie its hard R rating, including the gruesome Suspiria dance sequence that was shown at CinemaCon earlier this year. Similarly, Johnson's character poster for the remake (see below) paints a misleadingly benign picture of what is shaping up to be a rather freaky supernatural horror offering.
Moretz, for her part, has described the Suspiria remake as being a Stanley Kubrick-style scare-fest in the vein of The Shining and the many, many horror films it has since inspired (including, recent hits like Hereditary). The trailers certainly indicate that Guadagnino's movie is a slow-burn affair that's heavy on creepy atmosphere in that vein, in-between its moments of graphic violence and terror. Suspiria may further resemble The Terror and its gradualistic approach to building dread, judging by the film's rather substantial runtime (which officially clock in at 152 minutes).
Horror film buffs will have a better idea of whether Suspiria lives up to the early buzz or not in less than two weeks, when the movie premieres at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival. The event typically serves as a good litmus test for the incoming crop of potential awards season contenders (case in point: last year's Best Picture Oscar-winner The Shape of Water was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2017 VIFF) and that ought to remain the case this year, too. Whatever the outcome in that respect, though, Suspiria will definitely be a far cry from Guadagnino's efforts on 2017's Oscar-winning summer love drama, Call Me By Your Name.
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- Suspiria (2018) release date: Nov 02, 2018