A dialogue-free teaser for Luca Guadagnino’s riff on Dario Argento’s 1977 classic Suspiria has arrived. While both take place in the world of dance, Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, I Am Love) has been adamant that his Suspiria is not a “remake” (“The word ‘remake’ gives the impression that we want to erase the original, and the opposite is what we try to do,” he told Allocene last year). At first blush the two films could not be more aesthetically different. Where Argento’s was a kaleidoscope of primary colors and fantastical lighting, the look of Guadagnino’s seems to be grounded in realism and composed mostly of earth tones.
“When I saw the original movie 32 years ago, the emotion I felt was so strong, so mind-blowing, and so important to my upbringing. I wanted to investigate the experience I had watching that film,” the director told Criterion last year.
Based on early word, this Suspiria may be even more brutal than its predecessor. Amazon played footage from Guadagnino’s Suspiria at CinemaCon in April during which Dakota Johnson’s character’s dancing has a voodoo-doll effect on a peer. “Every pirouette she pulls off has gruesome consequences for a dancer in another studio — as Johnson practices, the other young woman is literally ripped apart, descending into a mess of broken bones, urine, spittle, and blood,” is how Variety described it. “It’s intense, to put it mildly.”
Gives you something to look forward to all summer! Amazon will release Suspiria on November 2.