Info

Original Title: Suspiria
Country: Italy
Director: Dario Argento
Release: 1977
Genre: Horror
Language: Italian
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Correction

The last review I said The Mechanism and Jeanne Dielman were the worst rated movies here, but I was wrong. I forgot about “We Are Not Alone”.

Fiorella Díaz in “We Are Not Alone”

We Are Not Alone is not as bad as Gas Light but it’s definitely worse than The Mechanism and Jeanne Dielman, so here is my correction.

Shorter Review

Differently than previous reviews, I decided to go straight to the point, instead of expanding about the theme of the movie before.

The first reason I chose to do it this way is that I will have more opportunities to talk in better detail about the things revolving about “Suspiria”. The other reason is that the last review was the longest so far and soon we will have other long posts.

So, let’s take it a little easy this time.

Suspiria

An American ballerina called Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) arrives at Freiburg, Germany to study in a prestigious dance academy.

Suspiria [Blu-ray]

As soon as the young woman lands at the airport, the difficulties begin, with heavy rain and bad communication with the taxi drivers, but is when she arrives at the dance academy, late at night is that the weirdness goes wild.

Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper)

Among the weird shit happening since Suzy’s arrival, there is death, rotten food, larvae falling from the ceiling and scary noises at night.

Eventually, Suzy becomes friends with Sara (Stefania Casini) who tells her that the things were already happening before her arrival. Both Suzy and Sara became paranoid and started investigating the weirdness of the Dance Academy.

There’s all I’ say about the plot, I’m being quite vague, I know, but I think is better this way.

Sara (Stefania Casini)

The movie has somewhat of a cult status, but I found it too mediocre for my liking. Maybe I was just disappointed that the movie was not as good as I was expecting.

The acting is good enough, but the dubbing bothered me a little, even being something common for Italian films at the time (said so Wikipedia).

One of the actresses in the movie is Alida Valli. We already saw her here not long ago, in the review of “The Third Man”, in Suspiria she plays Miss Tanner and I watched the whole movie without recognizing her.

It was a big surprise to me when just now I was checking the cast to write the review and saw her name there and had to check the movie again to try to recognize her facial features, it took a long time.

Of course, almost thirty years have past between the movies, but the characters are very different as well, making it even more difficult to recognize her.

Miss Tanner (Alida Valli)

I know I said it was mediocre, but it’s not a bad thing, I just think it’s just too average for its status. That being said, there’s only one thing that I actually disliked about this old “Suspiria”.

There is one specific song from the music score that I hated. It is not just uninteresting, resembling a bad and generic action movie, but is also absolutely anti-climatic.

However, there’s another part of the music score that I absolutely loved and, in my opinion, was perfect for the scenes with tension.

Suzy and Sara

Also on the good side, the movie is gorgeous. One of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen, the colors are absolutely breathtaking and the sets are amazing.

I think the plot is simple and kind of straight forward, and if we compare with the horror movies being made just for the sake of money, this plot is good enough, especially considering that is from the 70’s.

The best being the visuals, and the worse being just a minor thing, I think the movie is very decent in its mediocrity and I don’t even know what could make it better. The rating I give is 7 Moons.

Thanks a lot, see you in the next review.

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2 Comments

  1. I understand what you mean. I was underwhelmed by Suspiria the first time I watched it; I had read that it’s one of the “scariest” movies ever, and it just isn’t, at all. The cinematography is a thing of beauty, though. Love the soundtrack as well, especially the main part with that creepy whispering.

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