Suspiria (1977)



Critic 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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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 gruesome and spectacular murders, Suzy slowly begins to unravel the dark history of the academy. Convinced that the occult roots of the school and the horrific tale of its founding mother may hold an unthinkable secret, she begins a hallucinatory journey into the black heart of one of the most powerful witches ever known to exist. As Suzy edges ever closer to a secret that may hold the answers to all of her nightmares, the coven's grip on her soul begins to tighten until there is seemingly no escape. Will Suzy solve the mystery of the cursed academy before the fearsome Black Queen consumes her, or will she finally reveal the secret that has forever haunted the lavish corridors of the academy and bring an end to the Black Queen's terrifying reign?
Drama , Horror
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Jessica Harper
as Suzy Bannion
Joan Bennett
as Madame Blanc
Alida Valli
as Miss Tanner
Udo Kier
as Frank
Flavio Bucci
as Daniel
Eva Axen
as Pat
Margaret Horowitz
as A Teacher
Fulvio Mingozzi
as Taxi Driver
Renato Zamengo
as Caroline
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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 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

One can't deny Argento's technical ability to manufacture jolts, but he seems incapable of contriving a dramatic context that would make the jolts more enjoyable by virtue of being more discreet and credible.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Washington Post
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

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
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
Eric S

Super Reviewer


Classic italian horror and the score is great.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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