Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Previous Rank: 4

Director: Dario Argento
Cast: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci
Scare Meter: 8/10
Scare Tactics: psychedelic colors, atmosphere, music, imagery, gore
*Listed in 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die (Schneider, ed. 2009)
*Listed in Horror! 333 Films to Scare You to Death (Marriott and Newman 2010)

IMDb Plot Summary: "A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amid a series of grisly murders."

This is the horror masterpiece of the Italian master, Dario Argento. Sure, a lot of it doesn't really make sense, and it could be argued that Deep Red or The Bird with the Crystal Plumage are better films overall. But no one can deny the raw power of Suspiria. The splashes of color, the weird sets, the gruesome murders (some of the most memorable in the genre), the witches and undead, the eerie Three Mothers mythos, and the ultra-memorable score (none better) by the band Goblins...all come together like a witch's brew, decadent and horrifying and spell-binding. You have to see it to believe it.

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