Suspiria

Suspiria ★★★★½

Every viewing of Suspiria leaves me bewildered and dazed, like stumbling out of a candy factory that just exploded; sending its variety of blues and reds splatting onto the walls.

If you haven't seen Suspiria, something is wrong with you. Seriously, something is wrong with you. Now, I forgive your wrongdoing, but first; let me explain what you are missing.

Suspiria is about a young ballet dancer that travels to Germany to join a Dance Academy. Little does she know, that something is off. And along with her (Jessica Harper), the audience travels down a rabbit-hole of crazy compositions and unbearable creepiness.

First off, Suspiria is one of the most colorful films ever made. Regardless of the actual content of the film (which is fantastic), it is undeniable that the look of Suspiria is absolutely gorgeous. Shades of blue, red, pink, green, and more all merge together in a immaculate melting-pot of fading light and shadow. In many moments, one light from the left of the frame will fade, revealing a different shade of another color in a different area of the composition. It's kinda genius, and what's the greatest thing is that it isn't just there to look pretty.

Suspiria's main goal is to creep you the hell out, and it succeeds with flying colors (pun intended). The masterful direction by Dario Argento brings a constant state of uneasiness, bringing the audience in with the hypnotic colors and intriguing glances. Most of the film is really abrasive, with the opening 20 minutes evoking a meandering quality that isn't very satisfying. However, it's when the true nature of the film is revealed that Suspiria becomes a different beast entirely.

As our leading lady travels further down the candy-colored hallways, Argento visually grabs us by the throat; and then knocks us out with the one of the greatest climaxes of all time.

All the whispers, all the strange looks, all the faded noises, all the anonymous footsteps; they collectively build to 5 minutes of pure terror. I get the chills just thinking about it. Folks, the climax in Suspiria is comparable to the climax in Psycho (1960) and Halloween (1978).

And on top of that, the death scenes in this are bloody, bloody, bloody. Did I mention bloody? Yet, they take on a candy-colored look, just like the rest of the film. Plus, the magical and eerie score by Goblin only adds to the freaky nature of the more suspenseful moments.

Simply put, Suspiria is the real deal. Take the journey, you won't regret it.

PS: This film has the most freaky-ass kid of all time. Goddamn.

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