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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An innocent American ballet dancer's excitement at being accepted to a prestigious European dance school turns to terror when she discovers that the institution is a cover for a murderous coven of witches.
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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.
Edgar Wright summed up the experience of watching Suspiria with his typical insight. "It's like a dream you've had when you've eaten too much cheese."
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
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.
In response to learning of a remake set to be released in 2012, I thought I'd share my opinion of this unique 1977 film. Very few directors have the visual style of Dario Argento, making him very unique as far as directors go. At times it seems as if the plot is in the background while style and shock are at the forefront. The horror genre has painted itself into a corner by sticking to the same formulas, in some cases outright copying. The genre is uninspired and has lost its' magic.
Many filmmakers are taking it upon themselves to remake old horror classics (Halloween, Friday the 13th), while the others who venture out are generally stuck making something reminiscent of Saw or The Ring. Let's take a nostalgic trip back to 1977's Suspiria. It's beautiful, spooky and above all, unpredictable. Sure, it may seem timid when held against the shock values of todays films, but those films lack charm. Here, you feel as if you're being told a horrific story by a director who really enjoys scaring you instead of director-for-hire remaking a film about a babysitter tormented by a repeat caller. Suspiria has a Gothic feel laced with a small dose of LSD, appearing hallucinogenic with dramatic lighting effects and unusual camera angles. A classic for sure.
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