"I want to start work on a new piece," says Madame Blanc (Swinton) to the students assembled on the floor of the dance studio. "A piece about rebirths — the inevitable pull that they exert, and our efforts to escape them."
That sounds somewhat ominous already, and it becomes clear that Blanc, the company's artistic director, is focusing on student Susie Bannion (Johnson) when she instructs the other students to learn the dance but asks Susie to "improvise freely at its heart."
The dance begins normally enough, with Susie undulating in the middle of the floor as the other students gyrate around her — but then suddenly a vision seems to intrude into Susie's mind and throw her off:
We have no idea who those talons belong to, but since the dance academy is home to a malevolent supernatural force, we're guessing it's not the janitor. Is Susie channeling some insidious power through the ritualistic dance she is doing? All will be revealed when Suspiria — a remake of legendary Italian director Dario Argento's 1977 genre classic — arrives in theaters this fall.
As it turns out, horror fans in New York and Los Angeles eager to see filmmaker Luca Guadagnino's reimagining of the tale are in luck: Amazon Studios will open the movie a week early in those two cities, on Oct. 26, while the rest of the country will get to see it starting Nov. 2 (if you are the globetrotting type, you can catch its premiere this Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Venice Film Festival).
In addition to Swinton (who, contrary to rumor, is not playing a dual role) and Johnson, the film stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf and Jessica Harper, who portrayed poor Susie in the original version. Watch the frightening new trailer for the remake here.