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Suspiria (1977-2001)

Cast: Jessica Harper, Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett, more...
Director: Dario Argento, Dario Argento
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Blue Underground, Anchor Bay Entertainment
Genre: Horror, Supernatural/Occult, Italian Horror
Languages: English, French, Italian
Subtitles: English
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Synopses
Suspiria (1977)
A candy-colored nightmare from Italian terror maestro Dario Argento, Suspiria weaves a menacing tale of witchcraft as a fairy tale gone horribly awry. From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Banyon (Jessica Harper) senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution. Ill at ease as the result of her fellow student's peculiar behavior and increasingly terrified following a series of gruesome and spectacular murders, Suzy slowly begins to unravel the dark history of the academy. Convinced that the occult roots of the school and the horrific tale of its founding mother may hold an unthinkable secret, she begins a hallucinatory journey into the black heart of one of the most powerful witches ever known to exist. As Suzy edges ever closer to a secret that may hold the answers to all of her nightmares, the coven's grip on her soul begins to tighten until there is seemingly no escape. Will Suzy solve the mystery of the cursed academy before the fearsome Black Queen consumes her, or will she finally reveal the secret that has forever haunted the lavish corridors of the academy and bring an end to the Black Queen's terrifying reign? ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Suspiria 25th Anniversary Documentary (2001)
Suspiria 25th Anniversary is an all-new 52 minute documentary featuring Co-Writer/Director Dario Argento, Co-Writer Daria Nicolodi, Cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, members of the band Goblin (Agostino Marangolo, Massismo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli and Claudio Simonetti), Stars Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini and Udo Kier.

GreenCine Member Ratings

Suspiria (1977)
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Suspiria 25th Anniversary Documentary (2001)
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GreenCine Member Reviews

I LOVE This Film! by evilcupcakes September 30, 2004 - 4:16 PM PDT
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5 out of 8 members found this review helpful
This is one of my all time favorite horror films. The sets are incredible, the costumes and make up are great, the music is one of the best horror movie soundtracks of all time. It contains some of the most diabolical death scenes ever, including a creative use for baling wire. Jessica Harper is her usual doe-eyed girl-next-door self. All in all I can't recommend this one highly enough. If you love Italian horror, this stylish entry is the one that set the bar high and has yet to be surpassed.

Murder never looked so good. by BrodiesGirl June 22, 2003 - 7:23 PM PDT
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6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
First off, this has to be one of the best soundtracks for a horror movie EVER. And I am a big fan of the soundtracks to Psycho, Halloween and The Omen. Suspiria follows an American girl as she enrolls into a European dance school and the chaos and mystery which surrounds said school.

{Spoilers up ahead, be warned}

As said above, the soundtrack is amazing, though there were some points in the movie that made it difficult to understand what was diegetic and non-diegetic sound. (Woot woot for film school words!) Perhaps that was the purpose, but it bothered me. Case in point, when the school was ushered into the dance hall-gym-whatever for the night as they were cleaning up the maggot mess, the directoress was sleeping next to the two girls and Sara was telling Susie to listen closely to the creepy snoring. All that could really be heard was the non-diegetic soundtrack, not the wheezing of the directoress.

The sound was still great, despite a few hang ups I had with it. But my favorite part of the movie would have to be the sets and the great way Argento has with a camera. The sets are GORGEOUS, filled with interesting designs and a fantastic use of color throughout the whole movie.

As a requisite for any great horror film, there needs to be inventive (or at least entertaining) killings. Suspiria brings home the bacon on that one, in a big way. I must say the best was when Sara was trying to escape the killer, only to fall in a room full of weapons and wire.



{{Spoilers over}}

While I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, I did think it was quite slow at times and the acting was still pretty cheesy. Overall, I wasn't scared or too creeped out by this movie. But I don't love this genre for the acting, I love it for the cinematic risks horror movies make; whether it be camera angles or set designs, plots or special effects. Suspiria is definitely now in my top ten favorite horror movies.

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