'Suspiria': The latest clip sees Tilda Swinton ask Dakota Johnson to "improvise freely"

The clip sees Dakota Johnson perform some kind of Satanic rituals through her dance as though she is summoning the devil inside.


                            'Suspiria': The latest clip sees Tilda Swinton ask Dakota Johnson to "improvise freely"

While any face-off can be extremely stimulating, the 2010 mystery-drama 'Black Swan' starring Natalie Portman and Milan Kunis has proved that dance face-offs can be extremely terrifying. The new clip of Luca Guadagnino's 'Suspiria' which was released on Tuesday sees Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson in a petrifying face-off. 

The clip shows Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton) storm into the dance studio, and inform her dancers that she is going to work on a new piece which will explore the concept of "rebirth". She immediately points at Suzy (Dakota Johnson) asking her to "improvise freely," indicating her own intrigue in Suzy's style of dancing. As the initial rehearsal begins, Johnson is seen doing some hysterical movements on the floor while Swinton walks around, intensely puffing a cigarette. What is even more interesting about the clip is that it gives us the first look at the evil spirit who apparently resides in the dance academy, under Blanc's care. 

Swinton and Johnson get into a terrifying face-off in the latest clip. (YouTube)
Swinton and Johnson get into a terrifying face-off in the latest clip. (YouTube)

The clip shows a sinister-looking hand reaching out to the floor right below Johnson, and it almost seems that as though the hand is steering Johnson's movements whose body expands and contracts with the counts. The clip also gives a few glimpses into Suzy's dance moves and it can be said that Johnson will be quite the treat to watch in her role as Suzy. Tilda Swinton, on the other hand, seems to have removed the snaring arrogance of Joan Bennett who had played the role of Madame Blanc in Dario Argento's 1977 original 'Suspiria'. A regular in almost all of Guadagnino's movies, Swinton will certainly add her own share of darkness to the character. 

Unlike Argento, Guadagnino has used some mute colors to depict his story. (IMDb)
Unlike Argento, Guadagnino has used some mute colors to depict his story. (IMDb)

Luca Guadagnino's 'Suspiria' which is set to hit the theatres on November 2 pays homage to Argento's 1977 horror-classic. The story follows Suzy (who was played by Jessica Harper in Argento's film) who arrives at the prestigious dance company, headed by Madame Blanc, only to discover that there is something wrong the place. As students keep disappearing or get killed, it is revealed that Madame Blanc is the actual Mother of Sigh, one of the ancient evil triumvirate sisters, who were first mentioned in Thomas de Quincey's 1845 collection of psychological essays named 'Suspiria de Profundis'.  

Apart from Swinton and Johnson taking up the lead roles, the film will also see Chloe Grace Moretz, Lutz Ebersdorf, and Mia Goth play some of the iconic characters from the 1977 movie. 

Watch the clip below: