Director Luca Guadagnino has confirmed that his Suspiria re-imagining includes a post-credits scene. The filmmaker has further admitted that he would like to continue exploring the Suspiria universe via a direct sequel and/or possibly even a prequel movie.
A loose remake of Dario Argento’s horror cult classic, Guadagnino’s Suspiria stars Dakota Johnson as a young American dancer who joins a world-famous dance academy in Berlin circa 1977 (the year Argento’s original film was released)… only to slowly discover that it’s run by witches. The movie has been generating a good deal of buzz among horror buffs of late, thanks to both Guadagnino’s involvement and the Suspiria marketing (which is heavy on creepy imagery and atmosphere). Amazon will unveil Suspiria at the big film festivals in Venice and London over the next couple of months, in order to generate even more hype ahead of its theatrical release.
In the event that Suspiria becomes a box office success, it appears that Guadagnino already has plans in mind for a followup. During an interview with Deadline about the film, the director confirmed that Suspiria includes a post-credits scene that serve as setup for another movie. Naturally, Guadagnino avoided going into the specifics of the scene, other than to say it shows a character “looking forward towards something [and] I think it would be interesting to know what that is…”
Interestingly enough, the full-length trailer for Suspiria further alludes the possibility of a sequel or more to Guadagnino’s remake. Specifically, the preview references the Three Mothers: a trio of witches at the heart of a supernatural horror movie trilogy that Argento directed, starting with the original Suspiria. While it’s possible that Guadagnino hopes to remake Argento’s trilogy in full eventually, he might have something else in mind. Either way, as he revealed to Deadline, the filmmaker is already thinking about what could come next – something that was reflected in his original title for the Suspiria remake (before it was abandoned):
At the beginning we were going to title the movie Suspiria: Part One but we didn’t want to give the impression of something that couldn’t stand alone. Truthfully, I’d be interested to explore the origin of Madame Blanc and Helena Marcus and also the future of Suzy Bannion in the world. So maybe. We’ll have to see how the movie goes.
Guadagnino’s decision to drop “Part One” from the title was probably a smart one, given that movies that are sold as being part of a story (however well they stand on their own) tend to perform weaker at the box office. That original title might’ve also led moviegoers to assume that Suspiria is the first half of a story (a la IT: Chapter One: the official title for the first IT), which doesn’t seem to be the case. Rather, it sounds like Suspiria is a standalone film that Guadagnino aspires to continue, much like he plans to make a sequel to Call Me By Your Name (his Best Picture nominee from last year). Whether that happens or not, at least everyone now knows to stick around for Suspiria‘s end credits.