“Suspiria” Remake Footage Gets Very Gory

Amazon Studios has released a rather terrible teaser poster for Luca Guadagnino’s big screen remake of Dario Argento’s “Suspiria,” a stark contrast to the reaction to the film’s first footage which screened at CinemaCon earlier today.

Dakota Johnson stars as a young American woman who travels to the prestigious Markos Tanz Company in Berlin in the year 1977. She arrives just as one of the Company’s members, Patricia (Chloe Grace Moretz), has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

As Susie makes extraordinary progress under the guidance of Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton), the Company’s revolutionary artistic director, she befriends another dancer, Sara (Mia Goth), who shares her suspicions of a dark and menacing secret at the heart of the Company.

Footage screened for exhibitors reportedly had much of the crowd looking away in horror. Variety describes one scene featured which was set to a gentle melody:

“The scene finds Dakota Johnson practising ballet at a creepy dance company. Every pirouette she pulls off has gruesome consequences for another dancer in another studio – as Johnson practices, the other young woman is literally ripped apart, descending into a mess of broken bones, urine, spittle, and blood. It’s intense, to put it mildly.”

Fandango dubs the film “Call Me By Your Bent Body” and says the footage has a 1970s sepia tone to it. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke composed the score for the film opening this Fall.