Suspiria, a re-envisioning of Dario Argento's 1977 classic horror, sees Luca Guadagnino reunite with serial collaborator Tilda Swinton, who plays the artistic director of a world-renowned dance company, with Dakota Johnson perfectly cast as the newest young entree to the troupe.
The story opens with young American Susie Bannion (Johnson), traveling to Germany in order to audition for the dance academy. She attracts the attention of school director and lead choreographer Madame Blanc (Swinton), becoming the older woman’s protegee. Yet, as Susie begins her formal dance training, other students are whispering about a coven of witches who they believe control the school.
Those familiar with the original should expect a less operatic and gory, but more nuanced feature. Those coming in fresh get ready for a bold and memorable horror from one of the most reliable auteurs in cinema today.