Susy Banyon (Jessica Harper) is an American ballet student, travelling to Germany to study at an exclusive dance academy in the Black Forest. After one of the students and her friend are hideously murdered in the first of Argento's breath-catching set-piece killings, Susy discovers that the academy has a bizarre history and, as the body count rises, she gets involved in a hideous labyrinth of murder, black magic and madness.
Suspiria is often considered Argento's finest film and a classic of the horror genre. Entertainment Weekly rated it #18 in its top 25 scariest movies of all time, saying it had "the most vicious murder scene ever filmed", a poll among critics at Total Film also named it as the 3rd greatest horror film of all-time, and it was rated #24 on the cable channel Bravo's list of the "100 Scariest Movie Moments".
- 5" x 7" lobby card reproductions
- Theatrical trailers
- TV spots
- Radio spots
- Talent biographies
- Interactive menu
- Scene access
- 'Dario Argento's World of Horror' documentary by Michele Soavi: features an in-depth interview with director Dario Argento and comments from the likes of Jessica Harper, Jennifer Connelly, Tom Savini, Donald Pleasence and Daria Nicolodi (71 mins)
"Outside of devoted cult audiences, many Americans have yet to discover the extremely stylish, relentlessly terrifying Italian horror genre, or the films of its talented virtuoso, Dario Argento. Suspiria, part one of a still-uncompleted trilogy (the luminously empty Inferno was the second), is considered his masterpiece by Argento devotees but also doubles as a perfect starting point for those unfamiliar with the director or his genre. The convoluted plot follows an American dancer (Jessica Harper) from her arrival at a European ballet school to her discovery that it's actually a witches coven; but, really, don't worry about that too much. Argento makes narrative subservient to technique, preferring instead to assault the senses and nervous system with mood, atmosphere, illusory gore, garish set production, a menacing camera, and perhaps the creepiest score ever created for a movie. It's essentially a series of effectively unsettling set pieces--a raging storm that Harper should have taken for an omen, and a blind man attacked by his own dog are just two examples--strung together on a skeleton structure. But once you've seen it, you'll never forget it." --Dave McCoy
- 2.35 : 1
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
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