Suspiria (1977)

Director: Dario Argento
Writer: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi
Based on: Thomas De Quincey‘s essay collection Suspiria de Profundis
Cast: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé, Barbara Magnolfi, Susanna Javicoli, Eva Axén, Rudolf Schündler, Udo Kier, Alida Valli, Joan Bennett
Seen on: 20.11.2018

Suzy (Jessica Harper) was accepted into the prestigious Tanz Akademie, a ballet school. But her arrival is off to a rocky start as she is first denied entrance and then hears of a dead dancer. But those are not the only strange things that go on at the academy, as Suzy soon finds out.

Suspiria is, of course, a classic in horror film history, but I have to admit that I don’t feel overly enthusiastic about it, though it has some fantastic visuals.

The film poster showing the stylized drawing of a ballet dancer in a big puddle of blood.

Suspiria could have been right up my alley. A witchy dance film sounds like the shit for me, gore optional. But the first disappointment for me was that there isn’t actually much dancing going on in the film. That just seems like a wasted chance.

And I know to expect some cheesiness from older (horror) films (or at least some things that are now considered cheesy but weren’t necessarily considered cheesy at the time), but honestly Suspiria pushes right past cheesy into ridiculous with scenes like the never-ending attempt to open the bar on the door or the equally endless crawl through those weird wires. If those scenes were meant to be scary, they failed utterly and if they were meant to be something else, I wouldn’t know what.

Jessica Harper in the film

One of the things people seem to remember the film most for is its soundtrack, but I honestly thought that was pretty annoying, only adding to my general impatience with the film that was sealed by an ending I didn’t like either.

But as I said, it had really awesome visuals – I absolutely cannot fault it there. And it was entertaining enough to make time pass quickly. I saw it back to back with the new film and I felt it was a good mood setter for that. But I don’t think I’ll see this version again.

Jessica Harper in the film

Summarizing: mostly didn’t work for me.

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