Suspiria” is probably the most colorful horror movie ever made. I’m always amazed at how red the blood is. And the lighting and color filters make the film a work of art. Even some of the blood spatters look like they could be put to canvas. And those are all very good things when you consider what the movie doesn’t have going for it: the acting and the plot. They’re kind of bad, but who cares? It’s pretty. And it’s gory. That’s all I need.

Directed by Dario Argento, “Suspiria” tells the story of Suzy Banyon, an American ballet dancer, who arrives in Germany to study at a prestigious ballet academy. It isn’t long before the strange behavior of her peers and the general creepiness of the academy starts to worry Suzy. And then there are the gruesome murders. She starts unraveling the school’s secrets and edges closer to her own demise.

I’ll stop describing the movie because I realize a lot of people have never seen this movie. If you’re a horror fan, this is a must.

“Suspiria” 1977

Memorable Quote: “Bad luck isn’t brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds.”

Best Scene: (Spoilers) One of the first scenes of the movie has a character getting smashed through a window, stabbed several times, falling through a stained glass skylight and being hanged. And as if that wasn’t enough, we get a surprise when we find there’s been some collateral damage. Talk about overkill. See clip below

Did You Know? Argento had cinematographer Luciano Tovoli watch “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to have him model the color scheme of that film for “Suspiria.”

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