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Suspiria (1977)

Cult Movies and Horror movie directed by Dario Argento

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A wild, loud and colorful horror film from Dario Argento.

  • May 2, 2009
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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) tells the story of three evil witches. One happens to reside in Germany (The Tanz Academy), the others in Italy and America. Suzy Bannon (Jessica Harper) attends the dance school and eventually stumbles across it's dark secret.

Suspiria has been restored to it's original Technicolor glory. The reds and blues are strong, the print is pristine and the soundtrack is loud. This movie happens to be one of my personnel favorites and it still scares me!

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review by . October 07, 2012
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**** 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 . June 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 …
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 . 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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