Suspiria

Suspiria ★★★★½

Musical accompaniment: Suspiria Theme

A stylistic masterpiece. If a supernatural horror can make me overlook the utter ridiculousness of its plot (this time it's witches), it must be doing something right. Suspiria is Argento at his tightest: his camerawork has never been this claustrophobic, his shot composition never this eerily symmetrical, his atmosphere never this well-complemented by the mesmeric Goblin soundtrack. This is no movie of jumpscares but a slow-burn horror that entombs you in its witchcraft of red and blue hues.

The color grading is one of the best I've seen in any film, period. Argento matches the depth of the colors with the nature of the scenes depicted: one shot is glowing blood-red as the silhouette of the antagonist is seen lying prostrate in the background, signifying impending doom: Red. In another shot, the contemplative blue hues are tainted by two steady strokes of red as death stares us in the eye: Blue. Each shot is a grisly jewel and you really can't blame me for wanting to dissect all.

Argento's giallo movies remain my preferred ones in his filmography, but it was Suspiria I wanted to pause every 10 seconds to marvel at the macabre beauty of its every frame. It is where Argento transcends the confines and contrivances of supernatural horror – and proves that his technical genius is independent from any genre.

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