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Suspiria (1977)


Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 38
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: The blood pours freely in Argento's classic Suspiria, a giallo horror as grandiose and glossy as it is gory.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 4
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 0


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 34,225



Movie Info

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 … More

Drama , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Dario Argento , Daria Nicolodi
In Theaters:
Sep 11, 2001
International Classics Inc. - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Suspiria

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (2) | DVD (20)

A movie that makes sense only to the eye (and even then . . .).

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 29, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Argento's methods make potentially stomach-turning material more interesting than it ought to be.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

From stormy start to fiery finish, it's a stylish, compelling, phantasmagoric movie.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Observer [UK]

A stunning combination of menacing Grand Guignol atmosphere, dazzling colours, gory violence, lush décor and pounding soundtrack.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Radio Times

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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Argento's masterpiece is a movie in which nothing and nobody makes sense.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
Total Film

There is little logic in 'Suspiria,' just the exuberance of individual scenes.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Encountered as one might a childhood nightmare or a flesh and blood incarnation of a Grimm fairy tale.

Full Review… | June 26, 2011
Projection Booth

[VIDEO ESSAY] Dario Argento's sixth film is a textbook example of the horror sub-genre known as "Giallo."

Full Review… | February 15, 2011

Italian prog rockers Goblin's tingling, rasping, throbbing score [and] Argento's constantly gliding camera creates an almost unbearable sense of unease and suspense.

Full Review… | February 2, 2011
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Parallax View

An eye-popping maelstrom of visual excess.

Full Review… | June 7, 2010
SFX Magazine

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.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Little White Lies

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.

January 1, 2009
Cinema em Cena

Argento's skilful use of unsettling, intense colour and stunning set designs adequately obscure the film's numerous structural flaws.

Full Review… | October 19, 2008

The beauty of this film is hypnotic. It draws the viewer in, casting a spell of its own. It is utterly bewitching.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Eye for Film

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 ...

Full Review… | July 4, 2008

One of the most important horror films ever made

Full Review… | June 19, 2008

As an appetizer to the thoroughly bizarre world of Italian horror, Suspiria is the perfect antipasto.

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
Empire Magazine

Throughout this nerve-wracking journey, Argento's sly gift is to strike when you least expect it.

Full Review… | March 29, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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.

Eric S

Super Reviewer


Classic italian horror and the score is great.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Suspiria Quotes

And on a restricted diet, they give you wine?
Suzy Bannion:
That's professor Verdegast's idea. Says i'tll build up my blood.
– Submitted by César G (2 years ago)
Susie. Sarah. I once read that names which begin with the letter 'S' are the names of SNAKES!
– Submitted by Daniella G (3 years ago)

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