A pair of new posters for Luca Guadagnino Suspiria has come courtesy of La Boca Design Studio. In a press release, the artists explained their vision for the posters:
When we received the invitation to create a poster for Suspiria we were delighted. As avid fans of Dario Argento’s 1977 Suspiria, we knew this was an adventure we had to embark on. Once we had seen the film we realised it was wasn’t really a remake at all, it’s an altogether different experience, and gloriously exhilarating and disturbing in its own unique way.
We decided to base our design around the ‘Volk’ dance performance which appears late in the movie. The dance is such a pivotal scene, full of all the right kinds of tension and energy. We set about creating the design as if it were a poster for Volk, almost so one could imagine the artwork appearing on a wall within the film itself. We wanted it to feel authentic to the movie, part of the story almost. To achieve this, the design needed to feel like it wouldn’t be out-of-place in a 1970s German dance school. For example, the teeth elements down the side of the poster are a reference to the floor tiles that feature in the reception of the school. When two posters are placed side-by-side they form an arrow just as they do on the floor.
The movement and body shapes in the routine led us to look for visual inspiration in Hindu art, specifically depictions of Nataraja, The Lord of Dance. This triggered the idea of a circular shape, representing the cycle of life. We imagined Dakota Johnson’s hair as fire representing light and dark, with her holding the fate of the dancers around her. At the centre, an eye shaped opening reveals itself. All of which hopefully becomes clearer after experiencing the movie!
“Suspiria is set in 1977 Berlin and follows a young American woman who joins a prestigious dance company. She arrives just as one of the members mysteriously disappears. As her stock in the company rises, she begins to suspect that the dance troupe is harbouring a disturbing secret.”
The film is being directed by Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name) from a screenplay by David Kajganich. It stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth and Jessica Harper. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke is writing the score.
Suspiria will be released on 16 November in the UK. Get all the latest horror news with every issue of SciFiNow.