SuspiriaSuspiria is the story of a young American ballet dancer named Susan.  Susan travels to a European ballet school in order to study ballet.  When she arrives she sees another young girl leaving the school during a storm.  Later that night the young girl is murdered in a very brutal way.  Soon Susan notices strange things about this school.  There is a rain of maggots, she suffers from food poisoning, and she soon learns that the Ballet School is actually a coven for ages-old witches.

A Dario Argento film is something that has to grow on you.  Many people love his work the very first time they view one of his films.  Sadly, I wasn’t one of those.   It wasn’t until my third Argento film, which was Opera, that I started to really get into his style of work.  Once I bought the Opera DVD I quickly bought the Suspiria DVD because of all those extras it comes with.  The first time I saw Suspiria I wasn’t too impressed.  Well once I received my copy on DVD and watched it with surround sound and an excellent picture quality I was amazed.  It was like watching Suspiria for the first time the way it should be watched.  The beginning of the film is really the most suspenseful part of the movie.  Susan arrives at the school and sees this girl leaving completely terrified.  She is shouting out all these things that Susan couldn’t understand because of the loud rain that was falling.   Soon the girl goes into a room.  Something draws her to the window where she sees these two eyes.  Instantly a hand breaks through the window and grabs her and pulls her out on the balcony.  In this scene, we never see this killer, only his hands.  The girl is murdered very brutally, and this scene actually had me wondering what I missed the first time I saw it.  It was quite suspenseful.  Maybe the old VHS that I rented that time could have been cut?  Sadly, after this scene the movie never does recapture that suspenseful feeling again.  There are other scenes that are suspenseful, but not anywhere near as suspenseful as that opening scene.  Many people consider this film to be Dario Argento’s Masterpiece, and I can agree with them.  But I still loved his film Opera.  I am not sure which one I liked better.  Both of these films are excellent and I think they would be very equal.  The only bad thing about this film is that the blood was way too red and it looked too fake at times.   When I first saw this film I thought it was boring, but now I noticed that it was very well paced.  An Argento film is always worth a second viewing, you miss so much the first time.  This is a classic and I really found myself liking it.  I give it a 9 out of 10.

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Posted on July 15, 2008

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