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le 20 avril 2002
The idea of a ballet school hiding a coven of witches sounds like rich fodder for an atmospheric horror film (I imagined it as a cross between Rosemary's Baby and Don't Look Now), but Suspiria is a terrible movie. I admit that some of the imagery is moderately unsettling, and the first twenty minutes had me alarmed, but Dario Argento wastes all his energy on gaudy, day-glow sets (not at all frightening, just tacky) and loopy, labored death sequences that are never effective. The excessive, fake-ish gore is neither harrowing nor gleefully exuberant, it's just tedious and stupid. The plot is incoherent, and not in a good way--I have no problem with movies that follow dream logic or sacrifice common sense for cinematic effect, but this one is just a cluttered, sloppy mess that stumbles forward in fits and starts. The terrible dubbing was irritating; I don't know whether there were multiple dialogue tracks recorded for this film but the one presented on this DVD is awful. I like Jessica Harper very much, but she's wasted (except for the googly eyes, which are put to good effect). Lots of potential in the premise, but terribly executed; all of Argento's over-the-top-and-off-the-cliff pyrotechnics are just distracting, not scary. The final sequence is hysterically funny, an orgy of cheap gross-out horror effects that doesn't make any sense or build upon the "story" up to that point. And then that's it--it just ends. Avoid.