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‘Suspiria’: The 11 Craziest Reactions to Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Traumatizing’ and ‘Sickening’ First Footage

"It's one of the most f*cked up things I've ever seen," wrote one member of the press after Amazon debuted footage at CinemaCon.

Luca Guadagnino and Dakota Johnson

Luca Guadagnino and Dakota Johnson

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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.

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