A candy-colored nightmare from the Italian terror maestro. From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Bannion senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution.
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Red has never looked so vibrant.
Hell has never looked so beautiful.
Snoring has never sounded so sinister.
Sound design has never sounded so badly post-produced.
And pure potent primordial unfathomable dread, and queasy nightmarish terror, has never been depicted so gorgeously garishly and startlingly stylishly.
And the staggeringly jaw-droppingly awesome Goblin soundtrack?
The young American dancer arrives in a German city and stays at a girls' ballet school run by a coven of witches. This is a pure excess of extreme mannerist colour and light in cinema, referencing modern art from Escher to Beardsley in the sets. Argento's subjective psychological mobile cameras combined with Goblin's incredible, horrific music get you so closely into the girl's mindset of pure terror. What a treat!
The visuals and the music are quite amazing, really, one of the most nightmarish and surreal looking films in the history of cinema. But there is nothing else there. I was not particularly scared, chilled or whatever else and I just felt it didn't really have much of a sense of where it wanted to go quite often. 3.5/5
An incredibly strange, disturbing and creepy film. Has two absolutely wonderful murder scenes that are pretty freaky. This film also has some of the best complementary production design and cinematography I've ever seen in a movie. Every image was gorgeous and completely surreal. The ending was very scary indeed. Pretty wonderful.
Took a time for me to get the morbid facet of this, but, damn, those saturated colours, those dazzling lights, that overblown soundtrack...! All of that just made the death scenes so pleasing to watch, and that's why this film is so macabre: It makes you love all that blood and screams and monsters, makes you wish death, so plastic as the interiors, so beautiful as you have never seen before.