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So far, 2018 has proven incredibly successful in the realm of horror. Movies like A Quiet Place and Hereditary made some serious money, and Blumhouse's Halloween is promising a return to a classic franchise. However, one of the most talked-about horror films of 2018 is Luca Guadagnino remake of Suspiria, which has just dropped another gruesome, grim, and all-around terrifying trailer showing Dakota Johnson fighting for her life against a malevolent presence. Check it out, below!
Dakota Johnson continues to stand out as a potential good luck charm for Luca Guadagnino, having previously worked with him on A Bigger Splash, and receiving a thank you credit on Call Me By Your Name. In this story, we see the actress portray Susie Bannon, a young American woman who goes to study at a mysterious dance academy in Germany. Once there, she begins to uncover (and fall into) a dark mystery involving an enigmatic instructor (Tilda Swinton) and a demonic secret that looms over the place. Though she seems excited about her attendance at first, the trailer shows the consequences of setting foot in the school, and she eventually is forced to run and fight for her life as a supernatural entity (not to mention some hook-wielding women) stalks her through the halls.
One thing immediately worth noting about this trailer for Suspiria is the fact that it looks like it will be different from the film that preceded it. Though many of the story beats and basic elements of the premise look familiar (such as the fact that both films take place in Berlin-based dance academies) Luca Guadagnino has made efforts to visually set his film apart from the work of Dario Argento. This is particularly notable in some of the more overtly scary and gruesome scenes -- which, according to reactions of the film from CinemaCon, are genuinely disturbing.
Having said that, there's still a lot of shared DNA between both versions of Suspiria -- especially as far as cinematography is concerned. It generally looks like a lot of work has gone into making this 2018 film look and feel like a movie that was released in the 1970s, with a very static camera and some color scheme that feels ripped straight from Argento's body of work. For a film based on another piece of cinema that debuted in theaters over 40 years ago, that's a pretty impressive attention to detail and consistency.