Amazon Studios has debuted the first trailer for Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria.” The horror film arrives in theaters November 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Chloë Grace Moretz. Watch the trailer here and click through the gallery for our footage breakdown.
Dakota Johnson stars in the lead role of Susie Bannion, an aspiring dancer who joins a prestigous company.
Tilda Swinton, a longtime muse of Luca Guadagnino, reunites with the filmmaker to play the antagonistic role of Madame Blanc, the head artistic director of the dance company.
The trailer’s editing creates a hypnotic bond between Johnson’s Susie and Swinton’s Madame Blanc. The dark force at the story’s center is pulling these two characters toward one another.
There is an order to the dance company that can’t be broken, which is something Susie will discover the hard way. Guadagnino is playing with dark shadows and black backgrounds a lot in the trailer, a far cry from Argento’s original.
The trailer is chock full of clues teasing the dark secret at the film’s center. This shot of a poster featuring contorting hands is one of them.
This shot of the female instructors staring directly into camera is a chiller. The dance company at the film’s center is harbouring a dark secret, and it would appear all of these women are up to no good.
The trailer’s most enticing shot is this one of a glowing light with unknown origins. Guadagnino could be teasing viewers with the story’s more supernatural undertones.
Get this woman some ChapStick and a toothbrush.
Expect fans to decipher every inch of this notebook shot. The writing mentions numerous “mothers,” which are most likely the dance instructors seen earlier in the trailer.
The biggest shock for longtime “Suspiria” fans might be the drastic visual changes Guadagnino has made. Working with cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, the director has traded in Argento’s operatic neon for dark interiors.
Mia Goth, the actress and model best known for her roles in “Nymphomaniac” and “A Cure For Wellness,” plays one of the dancers in Susie’s new company.
The trailer’s first graphic image is this shot of a bloody silhouette in some kind of rock formation. The shot suggests a demonic ritual has taken place.
Chloë Grace Moretz’s debut in the trailer arrives via a missing person poster.
Moretz is playing another dancer named Patricia Hingle. The frazzled look on the character’s face, plus the previous shot of the missing person poster, suggest Patricia will suffer a gruesome fate.
The third primary character in “Suspiria” is a grieving psychotherapist named Dr. Jozef Klemperer. Early reports suggested the character was being played by Tilda Swinton in makeup, although actor Lutz Ebersdorf is credited as playing the role.
The tope. The struggling bloody. The bloodmarks stained into the wooden table top. This shot teases the dance company’s evil ritual.
One shot finds Dr. Jozef Klemperer putting his hand over a heart engraved into a wall. Their are two intials written inside the heart, although it’s hard to make out the letters. The official synopsis says Klemperer is “grieving,” so this could tease the significant other he lost. Perhaps the dance company is to blame.
Swinton is going full stone-cold evil in “Suspiria.” The movie is the fourth collaboration between the actress and Guadagnino after “The Protagonists,” “I Am Love,” and “A Bigger Splash.”
Here we see Johnson’s Susie staring directly into the eyes of Madame Blanc. Is Susie terrified or seduced? Johnson’s enigmatic screen presence is bound to make cracking Susie’s motives a wild ride.
The footage Amazon debuted at CinemaCon last month featured contorting bodies so extreme it left certain members of the press feeling sick. We get a little taste of that here.
The look in Goth’s eye is not a good sign for her character’s fate.
One of the trailer’s most terrifying shots features what looks to be a possessed Susie contorting on the floor.
We’re unsure if the character seen here is dead or alive, but the dust and worms on her face make this shot a skin-crawler.
As the trailer loses its grip on reality, we see a shot of a dancer levitating up a door frame in her room.
The last shot of the trailer finds an anonymous killer putting a murderous hook on a blood-soaked coffee table. As Thom Yorke’s score reaches a peak, Guadagnino makes it clear his “Suspiria” won’t be for the faint of heart.