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5,860 Ratings


Directed by Dario Argento
Italy, 1977


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. A candy-colored nightmare from the Italian terror maestro.

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Suspiria Directed by Dario Argento

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  • the23rdjoker's rating of the film Suspiria

    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? FAHGEDDABOUTIT!!

  • Ben Dooley's rating of the film Suspiria

    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!

  • Ally the Manic Listmaker's rating of the film Suspiria

    Great costumes. Thoughtful sets, although they looked fake. Really bad acting and flimsy story, though. 3/5

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Suspiria

    There isn't exactly a lot of attention to plot, and I'm always skeptical when a horror film relies on shock-gore. But then there's the total craft: the acid colors; the irresistibly demented sets; the Goblin score played as either warning or tease; the editing that synthesizes all the above; and Jessica Harper as the perfect wide-eyed lamb. Curious about the remake—there are ways to fill in this spook story's holes.

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film Suspiria

    The script is a little thin, and some of the performances are practically vaudevillian; but Argento's visually arresting and hallucinatory nightmare vision is peerless; the cinematography is luscious and Jessica Harper is a compelling, likable lead.

  • José Neves's rating of the film Suspiria

    Digital restored, re-watched. Watching this movie on a movie screen is an exultant experience, even if it was in a digital print and not in 35mm. From all the sides I could catch it, I'll highlight the one that first came to my mind yesterday: that of a great amusement with the scenery, an extraordinary joy of filming, experiencing and destroying it, as in a very good Jerry Lewis. A superior exercise on telling.

  • Jason's rating of the film Suspiria

    Having seen SUSPIRIA more times growing up than I could possibly be expected to count, finally seeing it in all its glory on a big screen (w/ big sound!) has been a revelatory experience. This is a film which continues to offer us a transcendent mimesis of certain narcotic and psychadelic species of experience. Argento had not previously proffered unto the public anything that was quite this much Id. A ravishment.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Suspiria

    Saturated colours, loud sounds, great scenarios, ingenue girls and a whole lot of craziness. There's never a dull minute in "Suspiria" and Argento sure made a fun film where arthouse and camp seem to go hand in hand.

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