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
The Only Thing More Terrifying Than The Last 12 Minutes Of This Film Are The First 92.
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Director Dario Argento
's original idea was that the ballet school would accommodate young girls not older than 12. However, the studio and producer Salvatore Argento
(his father) denied his request because a film this violent involving children would almost certainly be banned. Dario raised the age limit of the girls to 20 but didn't rewrite the script, hence the naiveté of the characters and the occasionally childlike dialogue. He also put all the doorknobs at about the same height as the actress' heads, so they would have to raise their arms in order to open the doors, just like children. See more
After discovering the crate full of rotten vegetables on the attic, several characters refer to worms when it should be maggots. See more
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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Referenced in Scream 4
Adapted from "Music in Similar Motion" by Philip Glass
Arranged by Claudio Simonetti
, Fabio Pignatelli
, Agostino Marangolo
and Massimo Morante
Performed by Goblin See more