Outside of devoted cult audiences, many Americans have yet to discover the extremely stylish, relentlessly terrifying Italian horror genre, or the films of its talented virtuoso, Dario Argento. Suspiria, part one of a still-uncompleted trilogy (the luminously empty Inferno was the second), is considered his masterpiece by Argento devotees but also doubles as a perfect starting point for those unfamiliar with the director or his genre. The convoluted plot follows an American dancer (Jessica Harper) from her arrival at a European ballet school to her discovery that it's actually a witches coven; but, really, don't worry about that too much. Argento makes narrative subservient to technique, preferring instead to assault the senses and nervous system with mood, atmosphere, illusory gore, garish set production, a menacing camera, and perhaps the creepiest score ever created for a movie. It's essentially a series of effectively unsettling set pieces--a raging storm that Harper should have taken for an omen, and a blind man attacked by his own dog are just two examples--strung together on a skeleton structure. But once you've seen it, you'll never forget it. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Of Dario Argento, I learned many movies he made or collaborated on. "Once upon a Time in the West", "Suspiria", "Phenomena", and the video game "Dead... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Omnes
Is this a joke? I watched this movie after seeing all these rave reviews about the movie. It is terrible. Terrible!!! Script is abysmal. Acting is horrible. A girl goes to school. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dogbury
I love this movie but unfortunately the disc will not play on any bluray in Canada. Too bad...it is one of my favorite horror films.Published 19 months ago by W McMaster
I wanted an occult thriller - this isn't that. If you want a very old-fashioned banal horror movie, this will be great for a laugh. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2013 by Steve Dent
I bought this film and was terribly dissapointed. This film was so dated. It was not creepy, nor scary, actually it was quite amusing to watch. The acting was so bad. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2013 by BLAK N BLU
I got my package quite late, a week later than I was supposed to. Also,m due to lame packaging the dvd was squished and one of the discs was loose inside the new dvd, that was... Read morePublished on May 19 2013 by Steve Whalls
I bought this on the advice of a friend who collects this genre and he said it was a "must have".
First of all, except for one scene near the end of the flick there was... Read more
Watching the American trailer to this made me laugh especially when the background speaker whispers the title to this film. For all I can see this film is not about plot... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.