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Everything we know about the gruesome remake of Suspiria

Audiences were shown some gory new footage from the upcoming horror

Remaking a classic and revered Dario Argento horror means you’re going to have to go balls to the wall. And it seems like director Luca Guadagnino is absolutely going for it with the remake of Suspiria.

The first clip of the highly anticipated film, set for release later this year, debuted at CinemaCon, pretty much mass-traumatising the audience.

The original Suspiria movie, directed and co-written by Argento (Deep Red, Phenomena), shocked and awed audiences back in 1977. It follows an American ballet student who enrolls in a German dance academy, where she discovers that it’s a front for something creepy, supernatural, and murderous. It’s a bloody, undisputed classic.

Here’s what we know about the upcoming remake so far:

AUDIENCES HAVE BEEN TREATED TO A ‘BLOODY’ SNEAK PEEK

A short piece of footage was premiered at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. As Variety reports, the film was shown in a theatrical setting in a huge dining room with decadent food. According to brief reviews posted on Twitter, the clip showed a ballet dancer (Dakota Johnson) practicing in a studio. As she performs, a dancer in another studio is thrown about by a force, reflecting Johnson’s movements. Quickly, she is ripped apart, pulpy guts, blood, urine, and broken bones in the floor.

“Very gruesome and hard to watch. This film will make most people feel uneasy,” Peter Sciretta wrote on Twitter. 

Amy Kaufman tweeted: “The woman’s body literally cracks in half. She is like, torn apart. Spitting, urinating, bleeding. It’s… A lot.” 

“There’s a 70s sepia tone … and seriously some of the most disturbing body horror. They went for it and the #CinemaCon audience is gasping. Just brutal but with a gentle melody. Holy crap… call me by your bent body,” tweeted Fandango.

LUCA GUADAGNINO IS TAKING IT IN A FRESH NEW DIRECTION

Guardagnino spun the world out with last year’s stunning Call Me By Your Name, but don’t expect him to hold back with his take on Suspiria.

“It’s inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions, it explores other reasons,” Guadagnino previously told Allocine. “It's semantics, of course, but I think people really have to understand that this is not a remake, because the word 'remake' gives the impression that we want to erase the original, and the opposite is what we tried to do.” 

The director acknowledges, as Comic Book reports, that he absolutely wouldn’t want to attempt matching up to Argento’s masterpiece. Instead, it will be more of a respectful homage that aims to capture the overall tone of the original, rather than trying to mirror its precursor.

He told the Guardian: “Every movie I make is a step inside my teenage dreams, and Suspiria is the most remarkably precise teenage megalomaniac dream I could have had.

‘I saw the poster when I was 11 and then I saw the film when I was 14, and it hit me hard. I immediately started to dream about making my own version of it. So in a way it makes me smile when I hear people say, ‘How dare you remake Suspiria. Typical commerce-driven mentality’. I was just a boy who had seen a movie that made him what he became. So that’s how I am approaching it: a homage to the incredible, powerful emotion I felt when I saw it.”

THE FILM’S TONE AND VISUAL VIBE WILL DIFFER FROM THE ORIGINAL

“It’s set in Berlin in 1977, when Berlin was divided into East and West. It’s a movie about guilt, and it’s about motherhood,” Guadagnino told Variety at the Berlinale Film Festival last year.

In regards to the tonal landscape, he commented that its colour palette would be completely different from the original, which had dramatic, bright primary colours lighting its scenes.

“It has no primary colors in its color palette. It’s the opposite of Call Me by Your NameCall Me is light, warm, and summer-ish, and Suspiria is winter-ish, evil, and really dark,” he said.

THE TEASER POSTER

It’s the first image publicly released from the remake, but it doesn’t give away much. It’s designed by Dan Perri, a legendary title artist who’s created sequences and titles for over 400 films and TV shows, from Airplane! to Taxi DriverThe Exorcist, and Star Wars

THE FILM’S OG SUZY IS DOING A CAMEO

Jessica Harper, who originally played Suzy Bannion is making a cameo appearance in the upcoming film. She posted a photo on her Facebook page confirming she was in Berlin to shoot. This time around, she’s playing a character named Anke. 

ITS STARRY CAST AND CREW

Of what we know, the film stars Tilda Swinton as the creep Madame Blanc, Dakota Johnson as American ballet student Susie Bannion, Chloe Grace Moretz as student Patricia, and Mia Goth as Sara. 

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke was also confirmed last year to be scoring the film. Yorke previously scored Velvet Goldmine, the 1998 glam rock drama by Todd Haynes. The original was scored by prog-rock band Goblin.

Guadagnino told Variety that working with Yorke was “a dream come true.” He continued: “Our goal is to make a movie that will be a disturbing and transforming experience: for this ambition, we could not find a better partner than Thom.” 

Giulia Piersanti, who worked with Guadagnino on Call Me by Your Name and A Bigger Splash, did the film’s costumes, telling the New York Times she “designed an entire wardrobe from scratch”. Tilda Swinton added that Piersanti “thinks and works way beyond fashion and the conventional bounds of costume design.” 

Swinton added she “designed exquisite prints for blouses and dresses, glimpsed for an instant – at most – in the film, but imbuing the film with a sense of specialness, heightened reality, critical to the atmosphere of the world we made.”

The dance leotards are made in a “muddy” palette, while the NYT reports the set had “slinky blood-red macramé dresses with bondage elements”, and long Margiela-esque hair tunics.

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, who also worked on CMBYN, will helm cinematography, according to Hypable.

ITS STARS SAY IT’S TOTALLY UNEXPLAINABLE 

The cast haven’t given much away, but what they’re saying still sounds pretty exciting. Moretz told WWD she thought Guadagnino was “our next Stanley Kubrick”, and called the film “unexplainable”. “It’s really its own thing,” she said. 

“It’s not really a remake at all, it’s a nod of the hat to Dario Argento’s version of it. But we definitely do take it to a very different place,” Mia Goth told Beyond the Trailer.

Swinton told Allocine people must understand that this 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,” she said.

Meanwhile, Dakota Johnson said she had to go to therapy after filming some of the film’s most extreme on-set scenes. “(Filming ‘Suspiria’), no lie, fucked me up so much that I had to go to therapy,” Johnson told Elle previously. “We were in an abandoned hotel on top of a mountain. It had 30 telephone poles on the roof, so there was electricity pulsating through the building, and everyone was shocking each other. It was cold as shit, and so dry.”