12 comments on “Suspiria (1977)

  1. Excellent review! It almost sounds like they wanted to play with cinematography techniques and other aesthetic effects without really having a story to hold it all together.

  2. Kristen, Dario Argento is definitely one of those writer/directors people either love or despise; definitely an acquired taste! SUSPIRIA is a perfect example of atmosphere as King, with the its gore yet strangely compelling, even beautiful (in its horrific way :-)) If you’re looking for tight, logical plotting that makes sense, look elsewhere! That said, I must confess that while I admire Argento’s craftsmanship, his characters’ cruelty toward female characters doesn’t exactly make me eager to watch SUSPIRIA or his other filmis more than once. But for those who like this sort of thing, it’s the sort of thing they’ll like! :-) Excellent post, Kristen, as always!

    • I would give him a second chance although with your mention of his views towards women in film I’m not sure if that second chance will redeem him. Thanks for reading!

  3. Kristen, Argento has made better movies (I recommend DEEP RED), but style always trumps over plot. His films are “an experience” and I appreciate them for their audacious camera movements (e.g., tracking shot up one side of a building and down another), use of color, and cinematography.

    • I’ve read the premise to Deep Red and it sounds interesting (not to mention the cover art is eye-catching) so I’m willing to give him a second chance. Now that I know the lack of plot is a trademark of his I won’t be so harsh on it in any other films. Thanks for reading!

      • Seconding Rick’s Deep Red recommendation.

        I love Suspiria myself for each of the positives that you do chalk up for it plus the fact that it still manages to freak me out even when I know what’s coming. I’ve got a pretty high threshold for gore and general scares, so when a movie can do that, I stick by it. I’d say this and Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead still register highest on my personal chills meter.

        Great post–I wanted you to like it more, but you explained your reservations in a way I can totally understand.

      • Deep Red’s on the list! Thanks guys! I always feel bad not liking a generally loved film but I’m glad you don’t judge me too harshly lol. I did love the gore and the beauty of the cinematography I was sad that the story didn’t match up with the high levels of the aesthetics. Romero’s film is fantastic and rightfully a classic. I didn’t include it this year but I’m leaning in favor of it for next year. Thanks for reading!

  4. Whether you like the movie or not, I always find your reviews refreshing. I will gladly take Argento’s style over substance any day of the week versus most American studios quantity over style AND substance.

    • Haha aw thanks! I definitely wouldn’t say no to a Suspiria poster and I’m willing to give Argento a second chance, I’m just sad that for all the beauty the story was so blah. I really wanted it to be perfect.

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