Dakota Johnson made headlines this month for telling Elle that filming Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” messed her up so much that it sent her to therapy, and it turns out viewers might have a similar experience while watching the horror film this fall. As IndieWire’s Jenna Marotta previously reported, Amazon showed the first footage from “Suspiria” during CinemaCon, and the insane reactions to the footage might just be better than the footage itself.
Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” is based on Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic of the same name. The director is adamant his film is not a “remake” of Argento’s movie but an “homage to the incredible, powerful emotion” he felt when he watched it for the first time. Dakota Johnson, reuniting with Guadagnino after “A Bigger Splash,” plays an aspiring modern dancver who begins classes at a prestigious dance academy and discovers something evil within the school.
The footage shown at CinemaCon depicted Johnson’s dancing for the school’s lead professor, played by Tilda Swinton. Her movements happen to control another dancer’s movements in a separate room.
According to IndieWire’s report: “[Johnson] begins to dance, but with each twist and turn, the girl in the other room is flung up against the mirrors. During her performance, the other student sustains broken bones, feels her jaw burst through her lip, and soaks the floor with drool and urine. When [Johnson] swipes her wrists across each other, the girl’s legs bend back at unnatural angles. She is in agony, reduced to a knot convulsing on the floor.”
The footage elicited shock and horror from the CinemaCon crowd. It didn’t help that Amazon debuted the “Suspiria” footage right after a lunch break. The movie, co-starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Mia Goth and featuring a score by Thom Yorke, will open theatrical this fall. Check out the reactions below.
Amazon just world premiered a scene from Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’ remake and it’s one of the most fucked up things I’ve ever seen at #CinemaCon. People at my table turned away from the screen. All I can say is it’s beyond extreme and gross and I need to see more.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 26, 2018
— Brent Lang (@BrentALang) April 26, 2018
Saw a disturbing clip from the Suspiria remake. A girl trapped in a mirrored room is literally broken in connection with Dakota Johnson’s dance scene taking place in another location. Each of her movements twist this poor girl until she’s just a drooling ball of jumbled limbs.
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) April 26, 2018
Things @russfischer and I said out loud to no one in particular while watching that scene from SUSPIRIA:
— Scott Wampler™ @ CinemaCon (@ScottWamplerBMD) April 26, 2018
First clip from Suspiria invokes a dancer being thrown around like a rag doll telekinetically in a mirrored rehearsal space, bones breaking, becoming a contorted mess. Very gruesome and hard to watch. This film will make most people feel uneasy. #CinemaCon
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 26, 2018
Ummm I am traumatized after seeing a scene from “Suspiria” in which Dakota Johnson controls the body of another woman as she dances. The woman’s body literally cracks in half. She is like, torn apart. Spitting, urinating, bleeding. It’s… A lot. #CinemaCon
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) April 26, 2018
Luca Guadagnino presented a scene from his #Suspiria remake; there’s a 70s sepia tone … and seriously some of the most disturbing body horror. They went for it and the #CinemaCon audience is gasping. Just brutal but with a gentle melody. Holy crap… call me by your bent body.
— Fandango (@Fandango) April 26, 2018
Daaaamn! Props to Amazon for playing the sickest, gnarliest, most intense clip from #Suspiria to 3,000 people at this lunch. It features a girl (Dakota Johnson) dancing while another girl is being thrown around, body contorted in nasty ways. Wild & bold#CinemaCon
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) April 26, 2018
Amazon just showed the first bit of footage from their SUSPIRIA remake. It was absolutely brutal – this movie is going to mess people up. I cannot wait for the final film.
— Robert Saucedo (@robsaucedo2500) April 26, 2018
— Lauren Cox (@Iaurencox) April 26, 2018
— Avery Thompson (@avery__thompson) April 26, 2018