First Suspiria clip sees Dakota Johnson summon evil with some creepy choreography

Tilda Swinton’s Madame Blanc teaches the ambitious young dancer a lesson.

Amazon Studios has revealed the first clip for upcoming supernatural horror Suspiria and having watched it, all we can think about it whether Michael Jackson really was onto something when he uttered these famous lyrics: “Blame it on the boogie!”

The two-minute footage sees artistic director Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton) instructing her dance class to work on “a new piece about rebirths.” Addressing Dakota Johnson’s Susie Bannion directly, she insists the young woman “improvise freely” while her peers move rhythmically around her.

While Blanc – and fellow teacher Miss Tanner (Angela Winkler) – watch unsettlingly, Bannion begins writhing around in the centre of the room and as she does so, a creepy-looking hand with long fingernails places itself onto an obscured surface. Whether she summoned the seemingly evil creature by the power of dance remains unclear but either way, things are happening that aren’t likely to fair well for the characters later on in the movie.

Based on the 1977 film by Dario Argento, Suspiria follows ambitious performer Bannion as she starts honing her craft at a prestigious dance academy in Berlin, only to discover that she’s at the centre of a murky mystery and surrounded by overwhelmingly dark forces.

A Cure For Wellness actor Mia Goth and Let Me In‘s Chloë Grace Moretz also star.

Director Luca Guadagnino, who is perhaps best known for helming Oscar-nominated drama Call Me By Your Name, recently opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about how he wants to make the audience feel while watching the film.

“I hope that the movie comes across as a relentless experience that’s going to go deep into your skin all the way down into your spine,” he told the publication. “I want the movie to perform as the most disturbing experience you can have. The movie is about being immersed in a world of turmoil and uncompromising darkness.”

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