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1h 34min
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Synopsis:
Jessica Harper stars as Suzy Banyon, a young American ballet dancer who arrives at a prestigious European dance academy run by the mysterious Madame Blanc (Joan Bennett) and Miss Tanner (Alida Valli). But when a series of bizarre incidents and horrific crimes turn the school into a waking nightmare of the damned, Suzy must escape the academy's unspeakable secret of supernatural evil.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Claudio Argento
Voiced By:
Geoffrey Copleston, Carolyn De Fonseca, Ted Rusoff, Gregory Snegoff, Frank von Kuegelgen
Narrated By:
William Kiehl
Writers:
Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi
Studio:
Anchor Bay
Genres:
Classics, Horror
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Horror
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/01/2010
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV spots
  • Radio spots
  • Daemonia music video
  • Poster and still gallery
  • Talent bios
  • The classic 76 minute documentary of Dario Argento's "World of horror" featuring Michele Soavi director of "The church and the sect", Jessica Harper star of Suspiria, Urbano Barberini star of "Demons 1 & 2", Tom Savini make up on "Dawn of the dead" and also Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasance, and David Hemmings
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/01/2010
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Documentary: 'Fear at 400 Degrees: The Cine-Excess of Suspiria' featuring Argento and Claudio Simonetti
  • Audio Commentary by leading Argento experts Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Suspiria Perspectives by Claudio Simonetti, Norman J Warren and Patricia McCormack
BBFC:
Release Date:
Unknown
Run Time:
101 minutes

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Reviews (3) of Suspiria

Spoilers follow ... - Suspiria review by NP

Spoiler Alert
16/03/2017

Baby-faced student Suzie Bannion (Jessica Harper) travels to a German dance-school which becomes a living nightmare for her. A selection of disco-lit killings take place before a peripheral character explains the origins of the place, and why it has become such a location of terror.

The unforgiving rain, faces staring, the darkness of night - all these things and more are accompanied (or drowned out) by the relentless, driving musical score. When the soundtrack is not present, it comes as a relief. So huge and all-encompassing is this crashing music that it all but smothers everything, especially the performances. And when something truly dramatic and horrific happens, the accompaniment storms back once again bringing with it an overpowering effect that works against proceedings rather than enhancing them. Equally the sets, so rich in colour and pattern clearly win the fight with the actors in arresting the attention – sometimes effectively, providing a lush, poetic, dreamlike environment, and others simply far, far too decadent not to work with the soundtrack in inducing a migraine. I can understand the intention to make everything heightened and not-quite-real, but whilst it sometimes works, often it is too loud and too much.

The character who does the most to make an impression amidst all around her is Miss Tanner, formidable gravel-voiced dance-instructress. Croatian actress Alida Valli plays her with a prison-officer deportment and ensures Tanner is every bit as fearsome as her reputation within the school suggests.

I’ve seen this described as a terrifying masterpiece of Italian cinema, but the overall effect, although commendably original, is mostly lost on me. Perhaps I prefer something slightly more subtle. That said, the last 15 minutes racks up the horror content rather and ensures that the experience at least ends on a high.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Gothic Horror Dialled Up To 11 - Suspiria review by Greg&Dine

Spoiler Alert
16/08/2017

You know what Dirty Harry says about opinions - here's mine:-

Suspiria is an extremely classy horror film in the Italian cinema tradition. It is high on style and production quality, but might just leave you feeling that it's somewhat over the top and unrealistic.

The overall effect on a large screen is almost of watching a theatre-piece. The director seems to have used a lot of theatrical lighting and sound techniques to add to the sense of unease - occasionally the colours are saturated and hyper-vivid, and the dynamics of the folie and score might have you reaching for the remote to turn the levels down occasionally.

If you're a fan of Gothic Horror then this should appeal:-

A start that leaves you in no doubt that this is all unlikely to end well - check

A conspiracy of nature and coincidence against the leading protagonist - check

Ultra violence and gorey endings - where artistically justified, of course - hmmmm - check

A spirited heroine / innocent victim trying to piece together the strange events she finds herself part of - check

Weird buildings with secret rooms and very nasty surprises - check

A cast of bizarrely macabre characters - check

Apparitions, occult, satanism, sacrifice, a profound sense of the uncanny - check

Proper nasty villains and villany with full-strength supernatural goings-on - check

Central European feel and some great character acting - check

Shrieking soundtrack and ominous foreboding at every turn - check

If you like the films of Roger Corman starring Vincent Price, or Roman Polanski's horrors, but wished they were more visceral, this could be for you.

Personally, sitting alone in the dark in my weird house I thoroughly enjoyed this.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Drearia - Suspiria review by Corinthian

Spoiler Alert
29/04/2011

The early scene where our heroine is transported to the school in a taxi will provide all the evidence that you need to establish the credentials of this as a "horror" film. It goes on and on and on and on... and all that happens is that the camera switches between the 'rabbit in the headlights' stare of our Suzy and the 'terrifyingly spooky' trees outside - too shocking for me; NOT!

0 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

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