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Suspiria (1978)
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by Johny

"This is a film that begs to be seen on the big screen"
5 stars

SUSPIRIA is maybe one of the most haunting and well made supernatural thrillers ever made

I first saw this film in it's uncut form in pan&scan VHS and I liked it, but felt it had many problems. Then I saw a trimmed, R-rated print on the big screen and all those thoughts faded away. This film is truly a masterwork of horror.

Jessica Harper enrolls in a German school of ballet where on the night of her arrival she sees a woman storm off from the school in the rain and later that night the woman is brutally murdered. That is only the first of many, many strange things happening at the school.

No one does horror like Dario Argento and this is his most famous film. It's the first in his uncompleted trilogy dubbed "The Three Mothers" with the second being the even better INFERNO. Made right after PROFONDO ROSSO (aka DEEP RED) SUSPIRIA remains his most well known and critically praised film. It has a haunting atmosphere, brillant music, and Argento's trademark amazing camerawork.

On the small screen this film isn't nearly as effective. The perfect way to watch it at home would with a letterboxed copy recorded in stereo, which are very hard to come by (Image put out a laserdisc years ago that is now out of print and Magnum entertainment did a letterboxed tape that is also very rare and OOP). It's currently avaliable letterboxed on tape with an imperfect transfer and a mono soundtrack, but at least it's uncut. It's certaintly better than nothing, but it just doesn't do this film justice.

If you ever get the chance to see this film on the big screen, do what you must to get there. It's a great experience.

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User Comments

10/13/18 the giver of the law Perhaps the most ludicrously over-rated movie in the entire 129 year history of film-making 1 stars
9/12/17 morris campbell great style & atmosphere eerie as well 4 stars
2/07/17 Louise Highly stylised, hypnotic and hugely enjoyable! Saw it 1st time on the big screen, wow! 5 stars
1/13/17 rk sorry, this movie sucks. acting lighting & plot crap 1 stars
3/10/16 Langano Masterpiece my ass. 2 stars
4/21/15 Zeego123 One of the best nightmare-movies of all time, along with Mulholland Drive. 5 stars
10/02/14 Horror Lover Not without a few slight problems, but still a work of beauty. 5 stars
2/28/14 Miguel Gomez Astonishing. Scariest 20 minutes in any horror flick (the opening). A+ score&cinematography 5 stars
7/10/13 belial1134 Argento's Masterpiece. A must for all giallo fans 5 stars
8/12/11 jiropan i like the background music.......worth a look.... 4 stars
3/17/10 art PURE GARBAGE! 1 stars
11/26/08 Roopesh Killer background music.Explicit horror scenes. 5 stars
11/18/08 brian Much ado about little, both on screen and off. 3 stars
11/16/08 mr.mike Wasn't impressed in '77 , or after watching again now. 3 stars
9/14/07 William Goss A horror film of nothing but atmosphere and aesthetics, but they are quite something. 3 stars
5/20/07 Brandon loved it! 5 stars
3/13/07 Zeynep Görpe This is the best movie of Argento's trilogy. The soundtrack made by Goblins is great! 4 stars
1/11/07 Michael Cox "I once heard that names that began with the letter S, are the names of snakes!!!!" Sssss 5 stars
12/19/06 Indrid Cold The cheese factor is pretty high, but it still works OK. 3 stars
9/27/06 matt what a load of crap! not scary at all! 1 stars
4/29/06 Agent Sands The only good Argento movie I've seen so far. 3 stars
9/05/05 Michael Mackenzie My favourite film ever - a masterpiece in every way. 5 stars
6/11/05 matt the movie go-a who ever thinks this isnt scary...has a brain problem. cant give it 5/5..cos it was 2 scary 5 stars
5/07/05 K. Sear Slow moving and anticlimactic. 3 stars
4/29/05 ThroneofBlood Beautiful murder and the occult, courtesy of Argento. 5 stars
12/02/04 Green Gremlin this beats the pants off any Freddy Krueger movie !!! 5 stars
10/31/04 Jim What the hell were these guys smoking? 2 stars
9/18/04 Joe if this is argento's best are his other movies 2 hours of him wiping his ass? 1 stars
6/07/04 Ryan Clark Lacks a little in the plot department, but this is one of Argento's best... nerve-wracking! 5 stars
5/05/04 dead next door this is deffently argentos best work to date. 5 stars
3/20/04 true review worst horror film ever, not a thinkness of a hair scary or good, dead stupid and boring 1 stars
12/22/03 Ravenheart Argento's best!!!!! 5 stars
11/04/03 Jack Sommersby Good cinematography and editing at service of blah material. 3 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess Chilling and atmospheric. Argento's best movie. 5 stars
10/17/03 Goofy Maxwell Skin-prickling, throat-constricting, panic-inducing...AAAAAAGGGGGHHHH!!!! 5 stars
8/13/03 Kyle Not bad. 4 stars
8/01/03 GanPN Bad directing, bad acting, bad story, bad movie! 1 stars
7/28/03 HeavyK My first Argento film BUT definetly not the last 5 stars
5/24/03 K.B One of the best italian horror flicks ever! Great music score. 5 stars
2/07/03 .Choadushouse. My new favorite horror movie. Frickin hauntingly beautiful! 5 stars
10/18/02 Charles Tatum Much better than Dario's recent output 5 stars
8/09/02 Tyner fuck euro-horror! This was the lamest piece of shit I have ever watched. 1 stars
4/29/02 dave macdougall forget the plot...the style, set peices and atmosphere make this worth it. 4 stars
3/02/02 Alan Smithee A triumph of style over substance. It always seemed to have the feel of a nightmare. 5 stars
2/19/02 masin wolliams THE most beautiful film ever made. 5 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 great stuuf, looks and sounds like a genuine nightmare 4 stars
10/16/01 Nanuk Fricken awesome! Must watch more than once to fully appreciate the film! 5 stars
10/16/01 Viper Style over substance, VERY creepy atmosphere! The opening murder scene is viscious! 5 stars
9/30/01 Mohammad J. check out the barbed wire scene! 5 stars
9/08/01 dazzza the best italian shock horror movie ever made! 5 stars
8/14/01 Norman First rate movie. 5 stars
6/26/01 Lars Pettersson The Italian master of horror has made this. Love the camerawork and music! Cool !!! 4 stars
3/31/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) It scared the living hell out of me...and I'm notoriously hard to scare... 5 stars
2/04/01 Invader This movie is poorly directed with litle impact or intensity, a poor attempt at b grade 2 stars
9/25/00 malcolm horrifying! doesn't translate well to the 2K's though. 3 stars
7/12/00 Eric Outstanding, memorably nerve-chilling and Jessica Harper has one of the 'Great Faces' ever! 5 stars
7/06/00 DAVID F**KIN AWSOME!!!! 5 stars
2/04/00 Mr. C A brilliant film. Argento uses music, color scheme, and violence to extreme effect. 5 stars
12/06/99 E Varden Shot like a bad porn film without the porn, awful direction and no continuity. 1 stars
9/18/99 Brian This was an unbelievably bad movie. It paled in the faces of anything ever done before. 1 stars
9/08/99 Elijah Effective, but not the best horror film ever. 4 stars
9/05/99 Weird Andy Scarier than "Blair Witch" or "The Exorcist" 5 stars
7/22/99 Chad Opitz The most terrifying film I have ever seen. And I've seen a lot. 5 stars
6/25/99 Mauro61 Amazing colours use in Argento's masterpiece 5 stars
3/04/99 Jerry-93 Dario, My Lord, you've done it again. 5 stars
10/24/98 Kwyjibo A good film, but doesn't do it all the way for me. Worth seeing though. 4 stars
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