It’s Always Best When the Light Is Off: Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria Trailer Will Leave You Rightfully Unsettled

Dario Argento’s 1977 Suspiria is a masterful movie driven by mood and palette; an immersive experience best played out under late night’s cover of darkness and perhaps, a hot toddy. Ripe for a remake, though probably unnecessary (aren’t they all?), at least a countryman will retell his tale. Fresh off Call Me by Your Name, director Luca Guadagnino reunites with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson (A Bigger Splash) for his modern take on mysterious happenings at a prestigious German dance academy.

With Johnson in as new student, Susie Bannion, and Swinton taking on Madame Blanc, the first teaser was a perfect primer, wordless images flashing to discordant sounds (shades of Everything in Its Right Place at the opening) provided by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke  …

… but this new trailer adds dimension, context, and it’s quite a bit more spelled-out than the whole of Argento’s original, which for today’s audience is likely the right way to go. Though there’s barely a hint of the purported stomach-churning footage that spooked the CinemaCon crowd, a quiet discomfort envelops. Have a gander:

Jessica Harper makes her appropriate cameo, and the cast is boosted by Mia Goth, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lutz Ebersdorf (not an actor — a real psychoanalyst), Angela Winkler, Ingrid Caven, Elena Fokina, Sylvie Testud, Renée Soutendijk, Christine LeBoutte, and Małgosia Bela.

Suspiria debuts at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, hits limited theaters October 26th, and is out in full, November 2nd.


Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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