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5,623 Ratings

Suspiria

Directed by Dario Argento
Italy, 1977
Horror
  • Italian, English
  • French

Synopsis

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.

Our take

Argento’s stone-cold classic of pulpy psychedelic giallo, Suspiria is a dark Gothic horror told in exceptionally vivid color. As rich exercise in heightened style, disturbing and alienating, this is a meticulously designed production outstanding in all respects.

Suspiria Directed by Dario Argento

What are people saying?

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film Suspiria

    Taking from Disney pictures with its motifs and from German Expressionism in its ravishing aesthetic, Suspiria is a fairy tale for grown-ups. The interaction between the girls is childishly humorous, and the entire plot of the film follows an absurd nightmare logic. It's both nonsensically silly and chillingly creepy. It could be for kids, that is if the murder scenes weren't so unapologetically brutal and scary.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Suspiria

    Dead red: brazen, bravura and battily overwrought nonsense in one of the gaudiest colour pallets imaginable. However it's the avalanche of mismatched shaping and tonality that make the abrupt sensory slaps of art and musical direction such an off-kilter triumph. Verisimilitude is a poor second to say the least. Nevertheless, rarely has such wanton blood letting looked so gratuitously gorgeous and without impunity.

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