Suspiria Director’s Vision Causes Star to Seek Therapy

Upcoming film had a significant emotional impact for Dakota Johnson.

By Jay Gervais

According to Elle, the upcoming Suspiria film was a difficult experience for its star, Dakota Johnson, who plays as the main character in the film, Susie Bannion. The director’s vision was apparently so extreme that the actress needed therapy, although it’s unclear whether it was during or after filming. Here is an excerpt from the interview with Johnson:

We were in an abandoned hotel on top of a mountain. It had 30 telephone poles on the roof, so there was electricity pulsating through the building, and everyone was shocking each other … it was cold as shit, and so dry. The only thing that helped was dousing myself with oil every night … [filming Suspiria] fucked me up so much that I had to go to therapy.

Suspiria is apparently not a remake but rather a homage to the 1977 Dario Argento film of the same name. This film follows Susie as she travels to Germany to perfect her ballet skills at a dance school. However, not everything is at it seems when the history of the school is uncovered, revealing that it was once a witches’ coven. As Susie eventually discovers, it still is.

Although Suspiria doesn’t have a precise release date just yet, it’s scheduled to premiere sometime this year and is directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name). Other stars in the film include Chloë Grace Moretz (Carrie, Let Me In) and Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange). Jessica Harper, the star from the original 1977 film, also makes an appearance. However, it should be noted that Dario Argento has no involvement in this project.

Is this film on your radar or will you be passing on it? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.

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