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

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Movie Info

Suzy (Jessica Harper) travels to Germany to attend ballet school. When she arrives, late on a stormy night, no one lets her in, and she sees Pat (Eva Axén), another student, fleeing from the school. When Pat reaches her apartment, she is murdered. The next day, Suzy is admitted to her new school, but has a difficult time settling in. She hears noises, and often feels ill. As more people die, Suzy uncovers the terrifying secret history of the place.

Cast & Crew

Jessica Harper
Suzy Bannion
Joan Bennett
Madame Blanc
Eva Axén
Pat Hingle
Udo Kier
Dr. Frank Mandel
Alida Valli
Miss Tanner
Thomas De Quincey
Writer (Novel)
Dario Argento
Writer (Screenplay)
Daria Nicolodi
Writer (Screenplay)
Salvatore Argento
Executive Producer
Dario Argento
Original Music
Agostino Marangolo
Original Music
Massimo Morante
Original Music
Fabio Pignatelli
Original Music
Claudio Simonetti
Original Music
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Critic Reviews for Suspiria

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (4)

  • What makes [Suspiria] especially effective is how they use horror to make a point about educational institutions' enforcement of gender hegemony to interrogate conventional femininity.

    January 7, 2021 | Full Review…
  • What lingers is not a sense of evil but exhilaration in how far Argento and his fellow filmmakers were willing to go to shock and delight; the movie's sheer exuberance is the cinematic equivalent of a blood transfusion.

    October 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Argento accomplishes so much simply through lighting and music - which goes a long way to compensate for the stilted dialogue and awkward character interactions.

    April 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Suspiria is a baroque piece of esoteric expressionism that you enter - and exit - without understanding so much as feeling.

    December 4, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A movie that makes sense only to the eye (and even then . . .).

    September 1, 2009 | Full Review…
  • As an appetizer to the thoroughly bizarre world of Italian horror, Suspiria is the perfect antipasto.

    September 26, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Suspiria

  • Feb 02, 2021
    Manic and gorgeous. Unforgettably splashy production design combined with a gleefully refreshing lack of exposition that would've otherwise weighed down the mystery. Argento drowns 'Suspiria' in dread and atmosphere and I came out on the other side with a grin about as manic as Suzy's. My kind of horror.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2018
    The movie is ludicrous, but that hardly matters. Its oozing as much style as blood and that finale is a gorgeous nightmare.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2015
    Argento surpasses plenty of previous efforts of other directors by actually succeeding in bringing our nightmares to the big screen. Suspiria is a classic that clambers through our consciousness and hollows us out with images we didn't know were frightening until we saw them. The candy-coloured dreamscape of Argento's subconscious works amazingly on screen and helps craft a horror film like no other. An exfremely enjoyable piece of art.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer

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