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First footage from Suspiria remake screens at CinemaCon

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Apr 27, 2018

One of the most beautiful horror films of all time, Dario Argento's Suspiria, is getting a remake. This has been in the works for years, and has caused no shortage of anxiety among horror fans. Remakes are often made as a cheap cash grab (as with the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street) but on occasion offer a unique take on a classic, making the remake a classic in its own right (such as 2012's Maniac).

Attendees at CinemaCon got the first glimpse at a scene from Luca Guadagnino's upcoming Suspiria remake, and the reactions have been gratifyingly positive. The film, which deals with witchcraft at an exclusive European dance school, stars Tilda Swinton as the school's headmistress and Dakota Johnson as the newest dancer (a role originally played by Jessica Harper). Appropriately, before screening the footage, the lights in the Las Vegas ballroom turned blood red, an ode to director Dario Argento's original, which was bathed in rich, red light.

The footage shown featured Swinton instructing Johnson in a private dance session. In another room, another woman dances, in movements mimicking Johnson's twirling. It soon becomes clear that the woman is dancing against her will; that Johnson's movements are dictating the other woman's movements. It ends in the first woman's hideous, bone-crunching death. Birth Movies Death has more:

Soon enough, hideous, grey, tumor-like growths appeared underneath the flesh of her abdomen. Shrieking in pain, the dancer's body was twisted and folded into a number of unnatural positions. In the second room, Swinton watched eagerly as Johnson continued to flit about the studio. Back to the mirrored room, and now the poor young lady's face was stretching into unnatural shapes, a toothy rictus letting forth a guttural howl. Her body folded again and again before the dancer wet herself, graphically, right there onscreen, a thick stream of drool pouring from her mouth. Eventually, Johnson's routine came to an end, and what was left in the other room was basically just a crumpled, leaking mess that used to be a human being.

The responses to this scene have ranged from impressed to disgusted and everything in between:

​​​​​​The score is being written by Radiohead's Thom Yorke. While it is not clear if Yorke's music played over the scene at CinemaCon or if it was just a temp track, he has written a completely original score for the new film, including four original songs. The original Suspiria has a legendary score by prog-rock band Goblin.

Suspiria will release in theaters this fall from Amazon Studios. No firm date has been set, though an unimpressive teaser poster has been released:

2018 Suspiria advance poster