Suspiria (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

Suspiria (1977)



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

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2001
International Classics Inc. - Official Site


Jessica Harper
as Suzy Bannion
Joan Bennett
as Madame Blanc
Alida Valli
as Miss Tanner
Udo Kier
as Frank
Fulvio Mingozzi
as Taxi Driver
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News & Interviews for Suspiria

Critic Reviews for Suspiria

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (5)

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

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."

Full Review… | October 9, 2015
Sci-Fi Movie Page

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

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.

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

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