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Suspiria (1977)

A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amidst a series of grisly murders.

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Suzy Bannion travels to Germany to perfect her ballet skills. She arrives at the Tanz dance academy in the pouring rain and is refused admission after another woman is seen fleeing the school. She returns the next morning and this time is let in. She learns that the young woman she saw fleeing the previous evening, Pat Hingle, has been found dead. Strange things soon begin to occur. Suzy becomes ill and is put on a special diet; the school becomes infested with maggots; odd sounds abound; and Daniel, the pianist, is killed by his own dog. A bit of research indicates that the ballet school was once a witches' coven - and as Suzy learns, still is. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

While shooting the scene where Suzy and Sara swim in the pool, Dario Argento instructed the actresses to stir the pool waters as little as possible to give the scene a more tranquil look. See more »

Goofs

(76:13) In the English dubbed version, the Latin sentence cited by Prof. Milius is full of mistakes and thus virtually unintelligible ("Quandum ubique, quandum semper, quandum ad omnibus creditur est."). The line as intended by the author can, however, be heard in the Italian version: "Quoddam semper, quoddam ubique, quoddam ab omnibus creditum est." Translated, it means, "There is always a everywhere, some believed by all." See more »

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Narrator: Suzy Banyon decided to perfect her ballet studies in the most famous school of dance in Europe. She chose the celebrated academy of Freiburg. One day, at nine in the morning, she left Kennedy airport, New York, and arrived in Germany at 10:40 p.m. local time...
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Adapted from "Music in Similar Motion" by Philip Glass
Arranged by Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli, Agostino Marangolo and Massimo Morante
Performed by Goblin
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So bad that it makes me angry...
24 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Like many others, I had been turned on to this movie by the numerous glowing reviews out there (and I had read lots of reviews of this thing). So I was really psyched to find it used on DVD one day. I bought it sight unseen and damnit if I didn't feel really ripped off. It lacked dramatic tension, ambiance, and even the pop-up scares and gore that even mediocre horror has. Notice that even the positive reviews mentioned that it lacked in plot and didn't directly scare the viewer, but the visuals and atmosphere more than made up for that. In truth it's all bad. Many horror fans would agree that you can forgo an air-tight plot if other things keep the film moving, but Suspiria has very little going for it. And has anyone stopped to think that if Argento succeeded in creating a rich, haunting atmosphere, then why shouldn't the movie be scary?

Even with an art house lens, it's amateurish. I give it points for good sets and costumes. Beyond that, many of the scenes are uninteresting (visually AND story-wise) and totally unrelated to each other, i.e it doesn't make sense and it's paced badly! Its witch mythology is nonsensical, and there is no story motivation. Why does a devious underground witches' coven open a dance school? And why do they ritualistically drug one oblivious dancer and not the others? What's the point of the maggots? Why is a shiny spoon supposed to be scary? Too many nagging questions. Somehow there is little action, story, or character development in the numerous scenes of this film. Suspiria takes itself way to seriously to get past these holes, or even make the movie fun or interesting. Plus, the "chilling" light effects are literally reminiscent of the comic book murder scenes in Creepshow (go Adrienne!). `Creative and unique' my ass! I found the camera work dull and lacking in intensity. Even cheesy, no-budget Evil Dead (which we all love of course) had creative/unusual cinematography. Suspiria's also not very gory (was that magenta Tempra paint?) which I can appreciate, except that the few killing scenes are just lame and go on too long. The meandering killers seem pretty bored and lackadaisical, actually making it seem unbelievable that the victims are so scared. Horror should be about intensity and passion, and Suspiria is all wrong.

If you like creepiness with interesting shots/lighting with slow development and not too much blood, try Repulsion or even Alien. There are a million creepier, more atmospheric, and more interesting films just in the sub genre of B-horror. Good old Night of the Living Dead! To recap: story, pacing, and visuals are a bust and there isn't gore to hold the attention of splatter fans. I won't even mention the beloved soundtrack. Okay, I will. It was generally inappropriate for the scenes and the band regularly struck disruptive power chords, hissed and screeched when absolutely nothing was happening. Why?! I forced myself to watch it again the next day to prove that I hadn't wasted my money. I returned it that afternoon.


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