Suspiria

Suspiria ★★★★

Original Title: Suspiria
Year of Release: 1977
Genres: Supernatural Thriller; Horror
Director: Dario Argento
Writer: Dario Argento, Thomas De Quincey, Daria Nicolodi
Main Cast: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Alida Valli, Joan Bennett

Watched the 4K remastered version of this film. Expectations were high, and (for the most part) they were met. There is one thing only that I didn't like about this film (okay, two if you count the dubbing, but that's a given): the story. It is clear that Argento and Nicolodi wanted to create something more atmospheric than coherent on a narrative level. One of the finest examples of actual style over substance.

But DAMN if that style is excellent! The camera slowly moves during this film, and the cuts are few and far between, showing the eerie beauty and aesthetic perfection of the sets. The color and lighting is some of the prettiest you will ever see, taking notes from the book of Bava: every shot is full of color, and the more supernatural and scary things happen, the stronger the lights become. The death scenes are quite disturbing and memorable, especially the first one.

I can't deny that I was slightly disappointed (expectations were sky high), but the only real let-down was the story itself, which was pretty poor here as far as characters go. I still find Deep Red to be a more complete experience, but the technical aspects here are absolutely beautiful, and the main (if not only) reason to watch this film. The Goblin soundtrack will once again haunt my next few nights.

Story: 5.5
Directing: 8
Cinematography: 9.5
Acting: 7.5
Sound: 9
Visual Effects: 9.5

ENJOYMENT: 8
BORINGNESS: 3

PARENTAL GUIDANCE
Violence & Gore: 9
Sex & Nudity: 3
Drugs & Profanity: 2
Intensity & Horror: 8

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