On Thursday, Amazon Studios released the second trailer for its austere horror film Suspiria.
The nerve-rattling trailer finds the new artistic director, Susie, (Dakota Johnson) entering the private society of an upper-crust dance troop. As she works to perfect her art, Susie becomes entangled in a supernatural horror show rumbling at the center of the organization.
That may not sound like a whole lot of story to go on, but classic horror films have been built on much less. For proof, just check our The Birds or Rosemary’s Baby. Those films had wafer-thin plots that relied on character development, innovative storytelling, and a tone that creeps into your bones and stays there for 90-plus minutes. In that respect, the second Suspiria trailer seems to deliver on all fronts.
Perhaps best known for helming last year’s Best Picture-nominated Call Me By Your Name, director Luca Guadagnino is the perfect filmmaker to tackle the material. Over two decades in the director’s chair Guadagnino has proved himself capable of switching visual styles while maintaining a uniform intensity of emotion that should serve Suspiria well. Guadagnino also assembled a stellar cast to represent the light side (Johnson), the dark side (Tilda Swinton), and those who fall victim to the raging battle (a disheveled Chloë Grace Moretz).
Amazon Studios is becoming an increasingly aggressive competitor at the box office. After some hit-and-miss entries, the streaming studio’s upcoming slate of films has some real heavy hitters designed to appeal to a vast swath of moviegoers (and maybe even a few Academy voters). In addition to Suspiria, between now and the end of the year, Amazon Studios is also ready to release Dan Fogelman’s drama Life Itself, Mike Leigh’s historical film Peterloo, Paweł Pawlikowski’s festival darling Cold War, and John Crowley’s adaptation of The Goldfinch.
Suspiria arrives in theaters on November 2, 2018.