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A candy-colored nightmare from Italian terror maestro Dario Argento, Suspiria weaves a menacing tale of witchcraft as a fairy tale gone horribly awry. From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Banyon Jessica Harper senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution. Ill at ease as the result of her fellow student's peculiar behavior and increasingly terrified following a series of gruesome and ...
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Overview

A candy-colored nightmare from Italian terror maestro Dario Argento, Suspiria weaves a menacing tale of witchcraft as a fairy tale gone horribly awry. From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Banyon Jessica Harper senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution. Ill at ease as the result of her fellow student's peculiar behavior and increasingly terrified following a series of gruesome and spectacular murders, Suzy slowly begins to unravel the dark history of the academy. Convinced that the occult roots of the school and the horrific tale of its founding mother may hold an unthinkable secret, she begins a hallucinatory journey into the black heart of one of the most powerful witches ever known to exist. As Suzy edges ever closer to a secret that may hold the answers to all of her nightmares, the coven's grip on her soul begins to tighten until there is seemingly no escape. Will Suzy solve the mystery of the cursed academy before the fearsome Black Queen consumes her, or will she finally reveal the secret that has forever haunted the lavish corridors of the academy and bring an end to the Black Queen's terrifying reign?
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Special Features

Disc 1:; Theatrical trailers; Tv spot; Radio spots; "Suspiria" music video by Daemonia; Poster & still gallery; Talent bios; ; Disc 2:; Suspiria: 25th Anniversary - Interviews with co-writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Daria Nicolodi, cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, composers Goblin (Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli & Agostino Marangelo), and stars Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini & Udo Kier
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
One of the most striking assaults on the senses ever to be committed to celluloid, legendary Italian horror master Dario Argento's Suspiria will certainly affect viewers whether they like it or not. Unleashed in 1977 to unsuspecting audiences worldwide, this unrelenting tale of the supernatural was -- and likely still is -- the closest a filmmaker has come to capturing a nightmare on film. Even in the eviscerated form in which Suspiria was initially released in most parts of the world (it has since been restored to its original, uncut form) its ability to create a profound feeling of unease is undeniable. Likewise, despite the fact that Suspiria is a film that virtually begs to be seen on the big screen, it remains remarkably potent when viewed on home video if proper measures are taken (viewing the film at the loudest possible volume, preferably with a surround sound stereo is highly recommended). It's reported that while filming, Argento blasted Goblin's supremely menacing score to create a feeling of unease in the actors that would ultimately carry over into the psyche of the audience. A near experimental collage of whispers, sighs, and various other sounds placed against the backdrop of shivering strings and throbbing bass, Goblin's contribution is as essential to the film's impact as Argento's stylistic and unflinching direction. The titular theme, a melodic composition that recalls a childhood lullaby haunted by a sickly voice, is one of the most effective and unforgettable tunes in horror history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • UPC: 827058201391
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,976

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Harper Suzy Bannion
Joan Bennett Madame Blanc
Alida Valli Ballet Mistress
Stefania Casini Sara
Margherita Horowitz A Teacher
Susanna Javicoli Sonia
Giuseppe Transocchi Pavlo
Renato Zamengo Caroline
Flavio Bucci Daniel
Miguel Bosé Mark
Barbara Magnolfi Olga
Eva Axen Pat
Rudolf Schundler Milius
Udo Kier Frank Mandel
Fulvio Mingozzi Taxi Driver
Franca Scognetti
Renato Scarpa
Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director, Score Composer, Screenwriter
Salvatore Argento Executive Producer
Claudio Argento Producer
Giuseppe Bassan Art Director
Pierangelo Cicoletti Costumes/Costume Designer
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Antonio Gabrielli Asst. Director
Goblin Score Composer
Germano Natali Special Effects
Daria Nicolodi Screenwriter
Luciano Tovoli Cinematographer
Lucio Trentini Production Manager
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Suspiria
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:27]
2. Arrival [5:42]
3. Fear in the Night [2:29]
4. Murder [4:33]
5. The Academy [4:42]
6. The Girls [5:27]
7. Haunted Hallways [3:14]
8. Dance of Blood [4:18]
9. Rain of Maggots [4:48]
10. "The Directress Is Here" [6:08]
11. Miss Tanner's Wrath [3:53]
12. Whispers in the Dark [4:12]
13. A Walk With Death [4:45]
14. Reflections [1:40]
15. The Pool [2:19]
16. Evil Closes In [4:16]
17. Kiss of Steel [4:42]
18. The Disappearance [:47]
19. "Magic Is Everywhere" [4:03]
20. The Bat [2:51]
21. Footsteps of Fear [3:58]
22. The Blue Iris [4:38]
23. Dark Discoveries [3:52]
24. The Black Queen [2:58]
25. Holocaust [2:14]
26. End Credits [:26]
Disc #2 -- Suspiria
1. Program Start/Main Title [:23]
2. The Story [4:55]
3. The Director [7:34]
4. The Stars [6:00]
5. The Score [6:43]
6. The Style [12:28]
7. Favorite Scenes Anecdotes [7:08]
8. Looking Back [5:29]
9. End Credits [1:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Suspiria
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Trailers
         International Trailer
         U.S. Trailer
      TV Spot
      Radio Spots
         Spot #1 (:30)
         Spot #2 (:30)
         Spot #3 (:30)
      Daemomia Music Video
      Poster and Still Gallery
      Talent Bios
         Dario Argento - Co-Writer/Director
         Daria Nicolodi - Co-Writer
         Jessica Harper
   Languages-Audio Setup
      English Dolby Digital Surround EX
      English DTS ES
      English Dolby Surround 2.0
      Italian Dolby Surround 2.0
      French Dolby Surround 2.0
   THX Optimizer
      Audio Tests
         Play Test
      Video Tests
         Play Test
   Play
Disc #2 -- Suspiria
   Chapters
   Subtitles
      English: On/Off
   Play
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Suspiralling Out of Control

    "Suspiria" is the grand-daddy of obtuse, psychodelic cinema of the fantastic; a great bold canvas of pseudo-formal colorful splashes of nightmarish imagery signifying nothing except the vacuous imagination of director Dario Argento (whose only significant contribution to cinema is daughter Asia) and the insatiable appetite of a continuously growing cult of sadistic sensation mongers that worship this film as if it were the Sermon on the Mount. The film concerns a young ingenue played by a mannered and unappealing Jessica Harper, who attends a mysterious dance school controlled by a coven of witches. This much is clear from the press materials, as nothing can be interpreted by this vomitous mixture of giallo and freak show hokum. Alida Valli, luminous star of Carol Reed's magnificent "The Third Man" is a participant in this fiasco and her presence is doubly depressing when it leads to the consideration of the tragic fall of standards in the cinema. DVD colors are strikingly vivid and the sound is excellent (despite the viewer being sledgehammered by the "score"/noise of Goblin), and there are plentiful extras celebrating the accomplishment of Argento, though curiously not one person can tell you what any of this is supposed to mean. (Perhaps it was simply the result of Mr. Dickens' "undigested bit of beef.") The film is simply a magnet for mindless thrill seekers.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Beautiful, Must-See Horror Film, Even if Lacking in Plot

    Heaven knows that Suspiria isn't winning any awards for groundbreaking plot or script. As far as that goes, there are a whole host of other horror classics to watch. But Suspiria holds its own in the history of great horror flicks by virtue of its beautiful cinematography. Though a relatively obscure film, its influence is far-reaching and obvious to those that have experienced it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest films of all time in ANY genre

    Suspiria is in one word a masterpiece. Any cinephile should view this flm once, it excells in every aspect. Filmed on an out of print stock of kodak film the images seem to throb on the screen with a lurid pulse. The sound design is wonderful but the real star of the film is the soundtrack courtesy of the one and only Goblins. The film is violent in the extreme but every thing is so beautifully orchestrated you'll feel like you're watching the delirious nightmares of mad artistic genius. Suspiria is like a beautiful white silk handkerchief soaking up a pool of blood. Five stars is not enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Suspiria: The Greatest Giallo Horror Film Ever!!!

    Jessica Harper stars as Suzy Banyon, a young American ballet dancer who goes to a dance school in Germany. During the first 20 minutes of the film 2 people are killed in a gory sequence. Then sunddenly her friend is killed. Now Suzy must escape the evil and the wrath of Madam Blanke and Miss Tanner. Suspiria was made in 1977 and still going strong. "Dario Argentio's Horror Masterpiece!" This is the most scariest giallo horror film ever! "Once you've seen SUSPIRIA you'll never feel safe in the dark again!" I'm serious, you will not regret seeing SUSPIRIA!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite horror movies.

    This has the best use of color i've ever seen in a horror movie and the best use of red i've seen in cinema history. Dario Argento is a master of the craft, a visual genius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Snow White in vivid color!

    This film was partly inspired by Walt Disney's Snow White. The innocent child in deadly peril at the hands of a coven of witches. You will never forget the vivid colors of this movie, and the music will also leave a lasting impression. The first murder in the movie is shocking, and so vivid that you can almost feel the knife wounds yourself! A classic that all horror fans should see at least once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost as good as a Lynch film, if you know what I mean.

    My introduction to Dario Argento was Suspiria. This movie had some very disturbing scenes, all the better! I liken it to the weird brilliance of David Lynch. This movie was released in 77, perhaps Mr. Lynch got some inspiration from this movie too? The music perfomed by Goblin was a perfect addition to this dark and mysterious movie. Did I say dark? Well, that is my one complaint. I rented the VHS version, and it may well have been my TV, but the movie was so dark, I couldn't see everything I wanted to see. Other than that, all I can say is I can't wait to see the DVD version. Very recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    Short on Sense, But Long on Style & Scares...

    If you rent this movie expecting a complex plot full of twists and turns, you will absolutely loath this film. But if you watch it with an open mind and an eye for style, you should like it. Director Dario Argento creates wonderful atmosphere in the film by giving all of the sets a very strange and unusual feel, using a wonderfully chilling score by the band Goblin, and adding grotesque, odd colored lighting (blues, reds, and greens). The plot (if there really is one at all) involves a young American who enrolls in a German dance academy where black magic is performed. Needless to say, strange things start happening and people start dying. It is truly amazing how the director can take such a basic, plain plot and turn it into an extravagant horror thriller. This film is not only a wonderful example of style over substance, but also an example of how horror can truly be beautiful...

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