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Suspiria (1977)

Cult Movies and Horror movie directed by Dario Argento

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It's The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of

  • Jun 24, 2010
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It's a shame that I wasn't old enough to sue Dario Argento for infringement as Suspiria looks a lot like something right out of my worst nightmare. Yeah, pretty damned creepy if I do say so myself. Sadly, I was only 3 years old when this film was originally unleashed & I wouldn't be so arrogant to say Argento was invading my dreams as I'm sure legions of people have dreams much like what unfolds in Suspiria.

By now, any true movie fanatic has more than likely heard of Argento & most would probably cite Suspiria as being their absolute fave even if they aren't hardcore fans of the man's overall work. Unfortunately, it's doubtful that he will ever make anything quite so colorful or unnerving as his quintessential works like Profundo Rosso or the seemingly timeless Suspiria. That's not to imply Argento is a has been or simply has no more music to produce but I just don't anything that could even begin to touch the threshold of something this masterful.

Suzy Banyon has decided to pursue her ballet studies abroad in Germany but may quickly regret the decision. Shortly after her arrival, strange things begin to take place such as the mysterious death of a fellow student. Other eerie incidents follow including an infestation of maggots, strange noises at night, & her sudden decline in health. Of course, all of these things could very well be uncanny or perhaps just mere coincidence but Suzy Banyon is about to learn for herself just who or what runs this famous school and it's unnatural origins.

Although I could talk all day about the amazing colors which are literally to die for, this is a film you must experience for yourself. Suspiria is nothing less than a kaleidoscope of visual terror which has been frightening audiences for over 30 years. Long live Dario Argento & his stroke of genius. Here's hoping one day Giallo will somehow trickle through North America.
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December 04, 2011
Great film. One of Argento's best, with my favorite being Deep Red.
December 06, 2011
I am in love with this one of course & Inferno. Deep Red, Tenebrae, & Opera are next in line. I still haven't seen all of the Argento catalog but his earlier works are perhaps my favorites. Thanks again for dropping by. Cheers!
 
July 05, 2010
I'm one of those non-Argento fans who loves SUSPIRIA, and it may well be because of its colorful imagery. I've always responded to great displays of color. My nightmare infringment suit would have been against George Romero--right down into fragmenting into 3 people arguing about what would be the best course of action while the undead moaned outside their window threatening them with the worst death imaginable. And I was just a little kid.
January 20, 2011
I like Argento but mostly his older titles. Within the past 18 years, it's been a hit and miss with me so to speak. I love his colorful imagery most of all. Did you ever watch the semi-sequel Inferno? Or Mother of Tears? Inferno is almost as good as Suspiria and Mother of Tears is pretty solid though Suspiria will always be my favorite of the three witches trilogy. Whew! A nightmare that's anything similar to Romero's NOTLD would've freaked me out for sure. ;-)
January 21, 2011
I watched it a very long time ago, to the point where I don't even remember it to tell you the truth. Yeah, seeing my repeating nightmare actually come to the screen in NOTLD really freaked me out. I had to actually sit down and figure out what it was all about. It was obviious really--to me it was all about making decisions and I only had the damned thing at times when I was under stress due to putting off making decisions about lots of little things that finally added up to big problems. Just like in the movie where the zombies can be handled very easily on a one to one basis. Voila! No more nightmares.
 
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review by . October 07, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****    What is a nightmare but a string of unexplainable, sometimes unrelated events that awaken the most negative of emotions from within us whilst we are not actually, in fact, awake? Nightmares are often scary because they are overwhelming to the senses when we recall them; unexplainable, illogical, and wholly unpredictable. If this is what a nightmare truly is, then Dario Argento's "Suspiria" is a nightmare caught on celluloid. But then again, so were most of …
review by . July 25, 2009
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   The Italian maestro of horror, Dario Argento’s first installment of his “Three Mothers” trilogy begins with “SUSPIRIA” (1977); arguably the most beloved of his films in the 1970s. There has always been debate among his fan base whether this film or “Deep Red” is his masterpiece. Some say it should be “Tenebre”. For me, I am still somewhat undecided. I like his psychological “giallos” as much a his occult films. Whatever …
review by . May 02, 2009
Suspiria  is an assault on one's senses. A true horror classic. From the vivid red and blues, the horrific set pieces and the loud rock music from Goblin. Argento wanted a film that could shock people then, now and into the future. In my opinion, Suspiria has accomplished that. It's a film that people will still be talking about for years to come. The music from Goblin is awesome and it's the perfect companion piece to this movie.    The script (written mostly by Daria Nicolodi) …
review by . October 17, 2007
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Watching the American trailer to this made me laugh especially when the background speaker whispers the title to this film. For all I can see this film is not about plot...it's about experience. This is the opposite formula of American horror. As a matter of fact, Suspiria pretty much throws out the rules of cinema in favor of the logic of dreams...to put it bluntly, Suspiria is the definitive cinematic nightmare, a wildly colorful and dazzlingly stylish fun-house of blood and beauty. Take it seriously …
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Outside of devoted cult audiences, many Americans have yet to discover the extremely stylish, relentlessly terrifying Italian horror genre, or the films of its talented virtuoso, Dario Argento.Suspiria, part one of a still-uncompleted trilogy (the luminously emptyInfernowas the second), is considered his masterpiece by Argento devotees but also doubles as a perfect starting point for those unfamiliar with the director or his genre. The convoluted plot follows an American dancer (Jessica Harper) from her arrival at a European ballet school to her discovery that it's actually a witches coven; but, really, don't worry about that too much. Argento makes narrative subservient to technique, preferring instead to assault the senses and nervous system with mood, atmosphere, illusory gore, garish set production, a menacing camera, and perhaps the creepiest score ever created for a movie. It's essentially a series of effectively unsettling set pieces--a raging storm that Harper should have taken for an omen, and a blind man attacked by his own dog are just two examples--strung together on a skeleton structure. But once you've seen it, you'll never forget it.--Dave McCoy
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Director: Dario Argento
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2001
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
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