The first trailer for the remake of the 1977 Italian horror classic Suspiria reveals a different style of unrelenting terror.
The footage shows young American dancer Susie Bannion (Dakota Johnson) arriving at an elite dance academy in Berlin run by Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton). As bizarre activity escalates and dancers begin to mysteriously disappear, the sinister secrets behind the dance academy start to unfold, to gruesome effect.
In sharp contrast to Dario Argento's original, with its striking use of color, the new film appears to use a muted palette to differentiate itself. The change gives the film a distinctly colder look as tension mounts between Bannion and Blanc, with an ominous hook seen in the trailer teasing bloody things to come.
The original Suspiria redefined Italian horror films with its stylized cinematography, vibrant use of color, and score by the progressive-rock band Goblin. Handling music duties for the reboot is Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, with the trailer's music establishing a ethereally unsettling mood.
A first-look presentation of the Amazon Studios-produced remake at CinemaCon earlier this year shocked audiences with its visceral footage. The first trailer is more restrained, focusing on suspense and setting the stage tonally for darker things to come.
Directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), Suspiria stars Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, and star of the original film Jessica Harper. It will be released Nov. 2.