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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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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.


Critic Reviews for Suspiria

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Argento accomplishes so much simply through lighting and music - which goes a long way to compensate for the stilted dialogue and awkward character interactions.

Apr 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Sep 1, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 29, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Mr. Argento's methods make potentially stomach-turning material more interesting than it ought to be.

May 9, 2005

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.

Jun 5, 2002 | Full Review…

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

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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

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Classic italian horror and the score is great.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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In response to learning of a remake set to be released in 2012, I thought I'd share my opinion of this unique 1977 film. Very few directors have the visual style of Dario Argento, making him very unique as far as directors go. At times it seems as if the plot is in the background while style and shock are at the forefront. The horror genre has painted itself into a corner by sticking to the same formulas, in some cases outright copying. The genre is uninspired and has lost its' magic. Many filmmakers are taking it upon themselves to remake old horror classics (Halloween, Friday the 13th), while the others who venture out are generally stuck making something reminiscent of Saw or The Ring. Let's take a nostalgic trip back to 1977's Suspiria. It's beautiful, spooky and above all, unpredictable. Sure, it may seem timid when held against the shock values of todays films, but those films lack charm. Here, you feel as if you're being told a horrific story by a director who really enjoys scaring you instead of director-for-hire remaking a film about a babysitter tormented by a repeat caller. Suspiria has a Gothic feel laced with a small dose of LSD, appearing hallucinogenic with dramatic lighting effects and unusual camera angles. A classic for sure. Photobucket

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El Hombre Invisible

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