A remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria, much like a Han Solo origin film, has been hovering over our heads for nearly a decade now, just waiting to drop.
First it was David Gordon Green, who wanted to craft an operatic retelling of the macabre dance, but was stymied by the landscape of horror back in the late aughts (though he has found a horror franchise to work in since then), and there was talk of a TV show as recent as two years ago as well. It always seemed like, to say the very least, a terrible idea.
But the wheels truly turning last year, once Luca Guadagnino, the man who helped teach the world the sexually redemptive power of peaches in Call Me by Your Name, and the man who Gordon Green vaguely spoke about meeting with in that article linked above, became attached to the project. He quickly assembled what would be easily considered an all-star cast — Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper (from the original film), and Chloe Grace Moretz — and some collaborators (Thom Yorke composed the score!) and got to work in almost total secrecy. And on Monday morning, we got to see the first glimpse of the fruits of their labors when Amazon Studios dropped an intense-as-fuck trailer for the film.
Peep it, and don’t worry, it’s safe for work — this time:
Honestly? We’re gonna let that (and that Thom Yorke score!) speak for itself. We highly recommend you check out the 4K restoration of Argento’s classic, which is available from plenty of fine retailers, including from the people who financed the remake.
Here’s a synopsis, in case you’re new in town:
“As a darkness builds at the center of a world-renown dance company, its artistic director (Swinton), a young American new to the troupe (Johnson), and a grieving psychotherapist (Ebersdorf) become entangled in a bloody, sighing nightmare.”
Suspiria hits theaters on November 2. Get ready.
Image via Amazon Studios.