Thursday, December 11, 2008


I'm back today with a review of a masterpiece of film-making- Dario Argento's classic horror Suspiria(1977). I am a huge fan of Dario Argento and plenty of his movies are classic if you are into horror. This movie is beautifully done and every murder is original. From the beginning, you know that there is evil in the air. The music, done by Argento himself, is haunting and eerie. The colour red is predominant in this movie along with the use of shadows to suggest horrors we can't see.

The film begins with Susie Bannion(Jessica Harper), an American dance student going to a new school in Germany.From the moment she arrives, she feels that the place is strange. The girls seem a little odd and she discovers that they aren't the only ones. Nobody seems to mind the strange noises and the murders that seem to keep happening.She sees a girl running from something when she first arrives and she is unnerved. We soon find out that there is something wrong with the school. Something evil is afoot. Eventually, she finds out that the school is a front for a wicked coven of witches and she has to destroy them. They are onto her and try to kill her but she escapes at the end.

This movie is the first of a trilogy about the Three Mothers- the next being Inferno(1980)and the last being Mother of Tears(2007). Argento's film is a joy to look at and it definitely surpasses most horror films I have watched over the years. I love the haunting score and the way that everything in the movie seems to suggest evil and terror. This film is one of the best I have ever seen and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good blood-splattered horror!


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