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Suspiria
Jessica Harper and Stefania Casini




Overview -
Dario Argento's masterpiece of horror, with its assault of garish colors, booming soundtrack and horrifically dreamlike set pieces, is the cinematic equivalent of an exceptionally scary fun house. It tells the story of Susan (Harper) a young, impressionable American who travels abroad in order to study at a prestigious European ballet academy. From the first day, however, she begins to realize that frightening things are afoot at the hallowed institution. Enduring a rain of maggots, poisoned food and other unpleasant occurrences, she discovers that the school is a secret convening place for an ages-old witches' coven. Cut to various lengths due to violent content, the film's original full running time is 100 minutes.

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Overview

Dario Argento's masterpiece of horror, with its assault of garish colors, booming soundtrack and horrifically dreamlike set pieces, is the cinematic equivalent of an exceptionally scary fun house. It tells the story of Susan (Harper) a young, impressionable American who travels abroad in order to study at a prestigious European ballet academy. From the first day, however, she begins to realize that frightening things are afoot at the hallowed institution. Enduring a rain of maggots, poisoned food and other unpleasant occurrences, she discovers that the school is a secret convening place for an ages-old witches' coven. Cut to various lengths due to violent content, the film's original full running time is 100 minutes.

Main Cast & Crew

Dario Argento - Director
Jessica Harper
Stefania Casini
Joan Bennett

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 92
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 654930320396
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: R
  • Release Date: June 2001

Related Categories:
Movies > Foreign Films
Movies > Italian

Related Keywords:
Campus Life
Mystery
Occult
Suspense
Thriller
Witches And Wizards
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Gore
Dancers
Essential Cinema

 

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Synopsis:
Gory horror tale about an American dancer who goes to Europe to attend ballet school. As soon as she arrives, bloody corpses begin lining the halls, since the academy is actually a haven for sinister witches!

Notes:
Theatrical Release: August 12, 1977 SUSPIRIA was the first entry in Dario Argento's planned trilogy on witches. The second was INFERNO, after which the trilogy was abandoned.

Reviews:
"...Campy, surreal....Really quite funny, during those isolated interludes when nobody is bleeding." - 08/13/1977 New York Times, p.11


"...SUSPIRIA is an impressively accomplished chiller..." - 06/01/2000 Total Film, p.90


"The horror film and the musical have much in common, and few films stress this more than Dario Argento's best-known opus." - 03/01/2010 Sight and Sound

 

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