Suspiria (1977)

A candy-colored nightmare from Italian terror maestro Dario Argento, Suspiria weaves a menacing tale of witchcraft as a fairy tale gone horribly awry. From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: February 1, 1977
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% 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.

Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Suspiria is a baroque piece of esoteric expressionism that you enter - and exit - without understanding so much as feeling.

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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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Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

A film that has been hugely influential amongst fans and filmmakers alike for four decades now, Suspiria remains one of the greatest horror movies ever concocted, and the new 4K restoration is the perfect celebration of Argento's mad genius.

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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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Tom Meek
Monthly Film Bulletin

Unhappily, Argento never summons the courage to abandon narrative completely, so the script is continually acting as a brake while the visuals are driving forward to the next set-piece

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Alex Arabian
Film Inquiry

In Suspiria, Argento's use of space, lighting, vivid colors, grandiose set pieces, and Goblin's score create a masterclass in suspense and subliminal terror.

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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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