The first footage of Luca Guadagnino’s reimagining of giallo horror classic Suspiria, starring Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Tilda Swinton), already left critics spooked and speechless when it was screened at CinemaCon. The scene, featuring a woman torn apart in a spectacle involving blood, sweat, and urine, as Johnson danced in the next room, was called by one critic “one of the most f—ed up things I’ve ever seen.” Now the first teaser trailer has arrived, and the general public gets its first peek at the buzzed-about movie. While the most gruesome and violent scenes were left out, what we do get is a case study in creepy tension.
Johnson, in a red braided wig that makes her look something like Lindsay Lohan doing a Marina Abramovic impression (though, come to think of it, about half the women in the film seem to be channeling Abramovic in one way or another), plays a young American dancer at a prestigious European dance school. Swinton, playing the headmistress in a gray wig, seems to spend half the trailer attempting to silently plot something evil while chain-smoking. Moretz, meanwhile, dons a choppy mess of a brunette wig to play a student who has suspiciously gone missing.
It’s all a slow build of suspense with only a few hints of the mystical creepiness that we assume we should expect from the finished product: bloody silhouettes, hands tied in roped bondage, girls crawling up a door frame, maggots falling on a poor woman’s face, and Swinton stabbing herself and seeming to enjoy it. It’s intense without giving too much away. No one in the trailer even speaks a word.
American moviegoers who know Guadagnino best from his tender breakthrough Call Me by Your Name may be shocked that this ultraviolent horror fest is his followup to that lingering romance, but sometimes in cinema there’s a thin line between building up tension between two people who are about to erupt in mutual passion and two people, as it seems is the case with Swinton and Johnson’s characters, who look like they’re about to try to literally erupt each other in gory phantasm. In this film, a whole lot more than a peach is going to be violated.
The original 1977 Suspiria, directed by Dario Argento, is regarded as both one of the finest horror movies Italy has ever had to offer and a pioneer of artistic, stylish horror filmmaking. Talks of a remake have bounced around for years, but the timing couldn’t be more ripe considering horror is all the rage in art house circles right now (see mother!, The Witch, and Get Out, among others). Guadagnino has said his film isn’t so much a direct remake, but rather a homage to the frights and feelings he got when he saw the film the first time as a young boy. So even those who know the original inside out could be in for a scare. Even Dakota Johnson said she had to go to therapy after filming the movie to deal with it all, and she, presumably, had read the script before she signed on.
Chloë Grace Moretz Has Grown Up On the Red Carpet
Chloe Grace Moretz at the premiere of The Amityville Horror in Los Angeles, California, April 2005.
Chloë Grace Moretz at the premiere of Charlotte’s Web in Los Angeles, California, December 2006.
Chloë Grace Moretz at the premiere of Big Momma’s House 2 in Hollywood, California, January 2006.
Chloë Grace Moretz at the premiere of 500 Days of Summer in Hollywood, California, June 2009.
Chloë Grace Moretz at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in London, England, November 2010.
Chloë Grace Moretz at the Veuve Clicquot polo match in Midhurst, England, July 2011.
Chloë Grace Moretz at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards in New York, New York, November 2011.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Saint Laurent at the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Manon in New York, New York, March 2012.
Chloë Grace Moretz in McQ Alexander McQueen at the premiere of Dark Shadows in London, England, May 2012.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Viktor & Rolf at a photocall for Kick Ass 2 in London, England, August 2013.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Valentino at the premiere of Carrie in Los Angeles, California, October 2013.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Christian Dior at the premiere of The Equalizer at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, September 2014.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Chanel at the photocall for The Clouds of Sils Maria in Cannes, France, May 2014.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Chanel at the premiere of The Clouds of Sils Maria in Cannes, France, May 2014.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Miu Miu at the 87th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 2015.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Alexander McQueen at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, February 2015.
Chloë Grace Moretz at the Coach Spring 2016 show in New York, New York, September 2015.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Coach for the Prom 2016 party during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, March 2016.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Coach at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for ‘Manus x Machina’ in New York, New York, May 2016.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Coach at the Coach summer party in New York, New York, June 2016.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Proenza Schouler at the Trailblazer Honors in New York, New York, June 2016.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Alexander McQueen at the Deauville American Film Festival in Deauville, France, September 2016.
Chloë Grace Moretz in Coach at Coach 1941 Spring 2017 in New York, New York, September 2016.
Moretz matched her eyeliner to the floral print of her dress at the Cartier Fifth Avenue Mansion Reopening Party at Cartier Mansion on September 7, 2016.
At the TrevorLIVE Los Angeles 2016 fundraiser at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 4, 2016, Moretz opted for a rocker vibe in a floral suit with shaggy bangs.
Moretz attended the ‘Brain On Fire’ Premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival wearing a sunny Miu Miu dress.
Chloe Grace Moretz attended the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards Cocktail Hour at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 5, 2017 wearing Coach.
The following day, the actress attended the Coach and Friends of the High Line Summer Party at High Line on June 6, 2017 in New York City.