Critics Consensus: The blood pours freely in Argento's classic Suspiria, a giallo horror as grandiose and glossy as it is gory.
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Movie InfoA 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, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Suspiria
Argento works so hard for his effects -- throwing around shock cuts, colored lights, and peculiar camera angles -- that it would be impolite not to be a little frightened.
It's always fascinating to watch; the thrills and spills are so classy and fast that the movie becomes in effect what horror movies seemed like when you were too young to get in to see them.
Mr. Argento's methods make potentially stomach-turning material more interesting than it ought to be.
From stormy start to fiery finish, it's a stylish, compelling, phantasmagoric movie.
A stunning combination of menacing Grand Guignol atmosphere, dazzling colours, gory violence, lush décor and pounding soundtrack.
Its outlandish, confounding style [does] more than virtually any other film to create the exact sort of unsettled, panicky mood in the viewer that is at the heart of horror.
Argento's masterpiece is a movie in which nothing and nobody makes sense.
There is little logic in 'Suspiria,' just the exuberance of individual scenes.
Encountered as one might a childhood nightmare or a flesh and blood incarnation of a Grimm fairy tale.
[VIDEO ESSAY] Dario Argento's sixth film is a textbook example of the horror sub-genre known as "Giallo."
Italian prog rockers Goblin's tingling, rasping, throbbing score [and] Argento's constantly gliding camera creates an almost unbearable sense of unease and suspense.
Anyone but the most hopeless addict to linear neatness and plausibility should be tastily beguiled and tantalized by Suspiria's cavalier disregard for making rational sense.
an extravagantly stylised Danse Macabre... a surreally demented fairytale, and one of very few films that occupies the no-man's-land between charnel house and arthouse.
A direção de arte e fotografia impecáveis, associadas à angustiante trilha e à direção segura de Argento, compensam as más atuações e o roteirofraco, criando uma experiência intensa e incômoda.
Argento's skilful use of unsettling, intense colour and stunning set designs adequately obscure the film's numerous structural flaws.
The beauty of this film is hypnotic. It draws the viewer in, casting a spell of its own. It is utterly bewitching.
A strange combination of the art house and the slaughterhouse, it may be too violent for the typical cineaste and too contrived for the typical gore-hound. Yet somehow Argento impressively straddles both worlds, offering a unique vision ...
As an appetizer to the thoroughly bizarre world of Italian horror, Suspiria is the perfect antipasto.
Throughout this nerve-wracking journey, Argento's sly gift is to strike when you least expect it.
Audience Reviews for Suspiria
I'd forgotten about watching this years ago, it was among many forgotten rotten VHS films that I knew probably were good but the picture quality was not. So, I watched it on glorious Blu-ray the other day and wow. Just wow. The bright colours are hypnotic. It puts to rest the idea that all good horror films are all darkness and shadows. The constant ghostly moaning shouldn't work either but it does, very much so, the whole film lures you in and captivates you. The first murder scene is just terrifying, even more so because you feel like you're there. The ultimate combination of art and horror, just amazing.
Dario Argento's most popular film is a must-see for seasoned horror fans. The violence is extreme, it's astoundingly creepy, beautifully filmed, and Goblins' score is one of the best film scores of all time. The only setback is the low production value and clearly dubbed audio, but don't let that stop you from experiencing this iconic work of the horror genre.More
Classic horror by Dario Argento. The film is quite mesmerizing with Argento's brilliant use of lighting and cinematography which creates an eerie mood well accompanied by Goblin's brilliant soundtrack. The use of chimes in horror seems to quietly get you. Argento's use of rain is just one of those things that stands out to me when I see work of this caliber. Argento is an artist who is going to tell you a story with unusual pictures, sound, sets, and sometimes the most minimal thing to remind you what you're watching. Boo!
It's also quite easy to see and hear the influence this film has had on various filmmakers in the horror genre. "Slicing and dicing", glowing eyes in a window, here a witch, there a witch, what have you.
This is one fine freak fest.
- And on a restricted diet, they give you wine?
- Suzy Bannion:
- That's professor Verdegast's idea. Says i'tll build up my blood.
- Susie. Sarah. I once read that names which begin with the letter 'S' are the names of SNAKES!
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