The original Suspiria is one of the most iconic horror movies in film history and understandably, many were concerned when it was announced that a remake was in the works. However, it seems there’s nothing to worry about – the new trailer looks absolutely brilliant and retains the feeling of the original, as well as the overall Italian horror vibe. It gives nothing away regarding the plot (a rarity in 2018) and it’s especially refreshing to see that director Luca Guadagnino has resisted the urge to just recreate iconic shots from Dario Argento’s 1977 masterpiece.
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). If you’re unfamiliar with the original, all you need to know is that the plot centres on an American dancer who joins a prestigious German ballet academy. She quickly comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister, amid a series of grisly murders. Oh, it’s also worth knowing that Suspiria is the Latin word for ‘sighs’. Make of that what you will!
That the remake stars Johnson has caused a fair amount of controversy amongst the horror faithful; her past commitment to the poorly received Fifty Shades series has left many wondering why she was given the opportunity to star in the remake of a horror classic. Johnson starred in the erotic series on three occasions, despite picking up a Raspberry award for ‘Worst Actress’ for her 2015 performance. Whether this casting is a smart move on Guadagnino’s part remains to be seen.
Something that will reassure horror fans, however, is the fact that Jessica Harper will also star in Suspiria as a supporting character. Harper is best known for her portrayal of Suzy Bannion in the original movie, a role she was widely lauded for. Furthermore, Harper has already said that the remake is “the most brilliantly scary film I have ever seen”. We can’t ask for more than that!
Amazon Studios will self-distribute Suspiria in theatres in November before it is made available to Amazon Prime members. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!