A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
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 film is set in Freiburg (officially known as Freiburg im Breisgau), Germany, but in the English dub, the narrator mispronounces it as Fribourg, a different town in Switzerland. Despite this setting, location filming was done in Munich, and several Munich landmarks are visible in the film, including Königsplatz (where Daniel walks his dog at night) and the BMW tower (where Suzy meets the professor). See more »
When Suzy is talking with the old Psychiatrist at the Convention Centre and the camera slowly zooms in on the windows behind them and focuses on their reflections we can also see Dario Argento on the left side of the frame in a white t-shirt observing the scene and looking backing and forth. (More noticeable in the Blu-ray release.) 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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There are two versions of the opening titles. In one, the movie's title card is presented in a stylish printed font. In the other version possibly the American print, the letters of the word "Suspiria" are made of weird pink flesh-like organs that pulsate and seem to breathe, sort of a cross between hearts and lungs. These pink formations actually appear on the American one-sheet movie poster. See more »
Dario Argento's crowning achievement in stylish film-making.
Suspiria is the most beautiful horror film ever made. Every single frame of this film is expertly lit and colorful. With this technique Argento manages to create an almost unbearable amount of tension and the extremely brutal and bloody murder sequences look so good one can only admire their beauty. The music score by Goblin is one of the most effective score ever to grace a horror movie.
The story concerns an American ballet student who discovers that a coven of witches run the school as bodies begin piling up.
Not much of a story here, but that's really not the main thing. Style and atmosphere is the main course here, and it's execution is completely flawless. Acting and dubbing are okay and the dialogue is a bit stiff. But these are minor flaws in an operatic horror ride one is not likely to forget that easily.
So sit yourself down, turn out the light, and watch this movie in surround sound, 'cause the music alone will totally give you the creeps.
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