Here’s some great news for the horror faithful: the MPAA have decided that Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake of Suspiria should be R-rated, citing “disturbing content involving ritualistic violence, bloody images, and graphic nudity, and for some language including sexual references.” Frankly, that’s music to our ears; the original Suspiria (1977) is iconic for a reason, and it is reassuring to know this year’s offering will be firing on all cylinders.
The news comes weeks after the arrival of the trailer, which seemed to retain many of macabre feelings of the original, as well as the overall Italian horror vibe.
The salient thing to take away from this news is that bodies like the MPAA are pedantic to a fault; they use the rating system is to cover the backs of various stakeholders in the movie industry and usually don’t dish out R-ratings for no reason. That they’ve also taken the step to oddly specify exact reasons why Suspiria is rated R this far in advance is intriguing; it would seem that it’s going to push some limits.
Suspiria stars Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange, 2016), Dakota Johnson (the Fifty Shades series), Mia Goth (A Cure For Wellness, 2016) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie, 2013). Amazon Studios will self-distribute Suspiria in theatres in November, before it is made available to Amazon Prime members, although it is possible that it could see a premiere on the summer film festival circuit.
The synopsis reads:
“A darkness swirls at the centre of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.”
Watch the trailer below: