'Suspiria': New trailer promises a darker, more intimate take on Dario Argento's 1977 classic
With an array of gray, brown, and black colors splashed across the frame, the remake will probably serve the movie as the perfect example of a companion to the original.
Amazon Studios has released the first trailer of Luca Guadagnino's remake of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic, 'Suspiria', and from the looks of it, it will probably be very different from the original. The remake of the cult classic sees Dakota Johnson replace Jessica Harper as the protagonist, Suzy Bannion, and Luca's long-time muse Tilda Swinton takes over the role of Madame Blanc, who was played by Joan Bennett in the original classic.
'Suspiria' follows the story of Suzy Bannion, a passionate dance student, who joins Madame Blanc's dance company only to discover that the academy is a coterie of witches who prey on the younger, more vulnerable pupil. However, the trailer suggests a shift in the character of Suzy who seems to be more enchanted by Madame Blanc as compared to Harper's Suzy, who was pretty much against the head of the academy ever since she had stepped in her den. The remake is set in Cold-War era Berlin and sheds away Argento's use of vibrant colors.
In the teaser which the studio had dropped earlier this year, the film's dark uneasy tension had already been established. Now, the trailer hints at the ruthless bloodbath which will probably smear the screen as the story takes a very different turn with new characters and new plot twists. Guadagnino, who is considered one of the most prominent directors of modern times and whose romantic drama 'Call Me By Your Name'- starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet - gained him a nomination for best picture at last year's Academy Awards, does not think that remaking a film can necessarily spoil its originality.
In an interview with Men, he said, "Every story has already been told...There’s no originality in the canon of storytelling; it’s the point of view that counts." While there were several suspicions regarding the remake of a movie which is considered to be a milestone in filmmaking, Guadagnino had announced the remake back in 2008. As with most of his films, including 'A Bigger Splash' and 'I Am Love', are mostly character-based, it wouldn't come as a surprise if his remake makes a drastic shift in the protagonist's moral stand. Moreover, Guadagnino's film has also done away with Goblin's smashing metallic theme song of the movie and replaced with Radiohead lead singer, Thom Yorke's, droning track.
Apart from Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, the film also includes Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf, and the original 'Suspiria' star, Jessica Harper. The film will make its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Amazon Studios is opening the movie in New York and LA on October 26, a week before it hits theaters nationwide on November 2.
Watch the trailer below: