Spooktober – Day 26: Suspiria (1977)

  • Reading time – 2 min 7 sec

What is Suspiria?

From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tanz Dance Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Bannion senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution. Suspiria stars Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci and is directed by Dario Argento. Suspiria was remade in 2018 with a remake also called Suspiria starring Dakota Johnson.

Why do I recommend it?

Before I go even further, Suspiria has to be the prettiest movie I have ever seen and I have seen plenty of good looking films. But, Suspiria takes the cake for the movie I would want to hang up on my wall. I mean just look at that poster above, who wouldn’t want that in their homes? It also helps that I do actually like the movie. Suspiria has a good story, but what put’s it over a lot of other horror movies is its direction, the camerawork, the score, and the lighting. Argento’s direction, camerawork, and lighting are what make the film so stunning to watch, while the score never ceases to send chills down my back whenever I hear it. The kills are pretty good as well, there’s one in particular that comes out of nowhere and with the score building up in background then is brought to the foreground before the kill happens that always freaks me out. The only issue I take with the movie is some bad dubbing. Many of the actresses spoke in their preferred language they dubbed in English after production and it’s not good. I do forgive it though because the movie is well worth sitting through some bad dubbing for. Suspiria is seriously one of the more unique horror movies you will ever see. The movie isn’t necessarily focused on a killer, it’s much more subtle than that.

Rather than focusing on a killer, Suspiria instead chooses on focusing on the evil supernatural that lurks behind the Academy. I personally loved the attention given to the supernatural in the film. In my opinion, it’s why the film is as interesting to watch as it is. The supernatural elements are what drives the atmosphere and feel of the film. Allowing the viewer to submerge themselves in Suspiria while they are watching it. Like I said before, the film is gorgeous (you could say it puts the gore in gorgeous) and it uses that to its advantage by hiding some of its brutality in it’s appearance. You don’t think a film as good looking as Suspiria will be able to frighten you when the lighting and the direction as crisp as it is. You, of course, would be wrong, Argento knew what he was doing by making the film a colorful treat to the eyes. Its a tool to disguise some of the violence and outright shock the viewers when they need to. Suspiria is as unconventional of a horror movie that you will ever see. It’s a slow burn that cares more about its appearance, direction, lighting, and score than your average horror movie does. But, that’s why it ends up being such a unique horror movie. It’s direction, lighting, score, the atmosphere is what ends up making the movie a must-watch for all fans of horror.

7 Extra Great Horror Movies

  • Them! (1954)
  • Hour of the Wolf (1968)
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • Tenebre (1982)
  • The Frighteners (1996)
  • Let the Right One In (2008)
  • Raw (2016)

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