Suspiria (1977)

An innocent American ballet dancer's excitement at being accepted to a prestigious European dance school turns to terror when she discovers that the institution is a cover for a murderous coven of witches.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: September 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The blood pours freely in Argento's classic Suspiria, a giallo horror as grandiose and glossy as it is gory.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

A movie that makes sense only to the eye (and even then . . .).

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Argento's methods make potentially stomach-turning material more interesting than it ought to be.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

From stormy start to fiery finish, it's a stylish, compelling, phantasmagoric movie.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Argento works so hard for his effects -- throwing around shock cuts, colored lights, and peculiar camera angles -- that it would be impolite not to be a little frightened.

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

One can't deny Argento's technical ability to manufacture jolts, but he seems incapable of contriving a dramatic context that would make the jolts more enjoyable by virtue of being more discreet and credible.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

A stunning combination of menacing Grand Guignol atmosphere, dazzling colours, gory violence, lush décor and pounding soundtrack.

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Scott Meek
Time Out

It's always fascinating to watch; the thrills and spills are so classy and fast that the movie becomes in effect what horror movies seemed like when you were too young to get in to see them.

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Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Edgar Wright summed up the experience of watching Suspiria with his typical insight. "It's like a dream you've had when you've eaten too much cheese."

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Its outlandish, confounding style [does] more than virtually any other film to create the exact sort of unsettled, panicky mood in the viewer that is at the heart of horror.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
Dario Argento's most popular film is a must-see for seasoned horror fans. The violence is extreme, it's astoundingly creepy, beautifully filmed, and… More
El Hombre Invisible
In response to learning of a remake set to be released in 2012, I thought I'd share my opinion of this unique 1977 film. Very few directors have the… More
Eric S
Classic horror by Dario Argento. The film is quite mesmerizing with Argento's brilliant use of lighting and cinematography which creates an eerie mood well… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
A haunted ballet school splashed with a bloody barrage of colors and sound, Suspiria is undoubtedly extravagant and bizarre.
Graham Jones
Classic italian horror and the score is great.
Tim Salmons
Easily Argento's finest work. Absolutely beautiful art direction, color palette and magnificent score... possibly the best score for a horror film ever. It… More

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