Widely considered to be the most shocking and hallucinatory horror movie in history – and described by director Dario Argento as “an escalating experimental nightmare”, Suspiria stars Jessica Harper as a young American ballet student who arrives at a prestigious European dance academy and is confronted by a series of bizarre and horrific deaths.
Packed with vicious violence, ultra gory effects and dazzling cinematic set pieces, Suspiria is a gruesomely gothic masterpiece of the macabre.
Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940 in Rome, Italy. He is the first born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for film making from his close knit family and from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other family members, including an aunt who told him frightening bedtime stories. Argento based most of his thriller movies on childhood trauma, yet his own, according to him, was a normal one. Along with tales spun by his aunt, Argento was impressed by stories from The Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, and Edgar Allan Poe. Argento started his career writing for various film journal magazines while still in his teens attending a Catholic high school. After graduation, instead of going to college, Argento took a job as a columnist for a roman evening newspaper, Paese Sera. Inspired by the movies, Argento later found work as a screenwriter and wrote several screenplays for a number of… read more
Classic Argento melding the giallo with the world of the occult in this first chapter of 'The Three Mothers'. The wonderful use of colour and cinematic technique is brilliant but even better is the music score which may well be one of the best horror scores of all time. The pacing is perfect; ratcheting up the horror element as it progresses and taking us to its logical conclusion dazzling us in the meantime.
Dario Argento one-ups Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest in his horror classic Suspiria.
"Life is disappointing." So goes the most common English translation of a famous line of dialogue in Ozu's Tokyo Story. As if to underscore
Sometimes movies are perfect and this is definitely one of those cases. Argento’s directing is flawless and he knows all the necessary factors to instill fear. The lighting is bizarre and matches the… read review
I’ve always wondered what would happen if Vincente Minnelli had made a horror film. Or rather, if an MGM dream ballet sequence had, instead of being confined to the span of fifteen minutes, now the… read review
One of the characters summed up Suspiria quite concisely at the start of the film. She said, “It’s all so absurd, so fantastic.” I can’t think of a better way to begin a description. Sure the gore… read review