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Suspiria (1977)

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 2

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

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

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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

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Drama, Horror

Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi

Sep 11, 2001

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

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

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
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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.

March 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Mr. Argento's methods make potentially stomach-turning material more interesting than it ought to be.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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From stormy start to fiery finish, it's a stylish, compelling, phantasmagoric movie.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

June 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

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

February 15, 2011 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

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

February 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Parallax View | Comments (3)
Parallax View

An eye-popping maelstrom of visual excess.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
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.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
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.

October 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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 ...

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

One of the most important horror films ever made

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

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

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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

March 29, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.
March 29, 2014
MovieGeek13

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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.
April 25, 2013
SirPant

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.
November 4, 2012
yona71

Super Reviewer

Classic italian horror and the score is great.
July 22, 2012
Graham Jones

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