The Choreographer Behind Suspiria's Dancing Has a Body of Work That Will Bend Your Mind
In the remake of the cult horror classic Suspiria, which takes place at a ballet company in Berlin in the 1970s, the dancing is not an afterthought. Instead, it is inspired, mesmerizing, and central to the plot itself. In fact, it's often the very source of the terror. In one of the film's first gruesome scenes, a frenzied, possessed rehearsal by Susie (played by Dakota Johnson, who did most of her own dancing in the film) is intercut with the supernaturally gross death of one of her fellow dancers.
This is all to say that if you are a dance-lover, Suspiria is one of the rare movies that won't let you down by treating the choreography as set dressing or featuring a cast full of actors who clearly don't know — or didn't bother to learn — the first thing about dance.