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An atmospheric horror film with beautiful cinematography and a memorable score
The first thing you notice when starting Dario Argentno's 1977 cult horror film is the haunting music played over the opening credits. The main theme of the film (performed by Goblin, an Italian rock band) is, for me, one of the more memorable horror themes. Up there with the likes of Halloween and Jaws, it's simple yet effective at the same time. The plot of the film is also quite simple. It's about a 20 year old American dancer (Suzy Banyon played by Jessica Harper) who travels to Europe to enlist in a famous ballet academy. Once there, strange things start happening such as the murder of one of the girls on the night of Suzy's arrival. This leads Suzy on an expedition to uncover the mystery behind these strange occurrences which may even include the supernatural. The plot may seem unoriginal, and maybe it is, but whatever the script is lacking it is made up for by the beautiful cinematography. One of the last films to be shot on three-strip Technicolor, vivid colors are used in nearly every scene. This gives the film a look of its own and adds to the creepy atmosphere. Recommended to any horror fan and any doubters who say horror films can't be art.
7.5 out of 10