My essay on Suspiria (Very mild spoilers) This is my first review/essay that I've ever written so I need your honest opinions. If it sucks, tell me it sucks, and if it's good, tell me that too. "Suspiria" (1977). Directed by Dario Argento Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” is an incredibly haunting, yet mesmerizing film. It is one of the true classics of the horror genre, because it is terrifyingly intelligent, without being ridiculous and over the top. Suspiria starts with Suzy Banyon arriving in Europe at a famous ballet academy. She is not on their list, however, and is told to leave. Meanwhile, a murder occurs at the academy, which Argento shows with precision direction. The murder is incredibly graphic, but demonstrates how Argento can use his skills to impress and frighten the audience. One of the most interesting aspects of the film is how Dario uses foreshadowing to generate more terror in the film. The scene where the directress is snoring clearly shows this, because the sound of her snoring and the reaction of the characters builds up a great amount of tension. The audience feels a great sense of dread and knows that something terrible is going to happen. The cinematography is wonderful, and is still has some of the best uses of color in film history. The scene where all the characters have to sleep downstairs together is the most memorable, with the fabulous red lighting found throughout the room. All of the murder sequences feature a rush of brilliant red, yellow, and blue colors, which were produced by using Technicolor. The film’s soundtrack, recorded by Goblin, is another great addition to the film. The music adds to the impact in the frightening scenes, and might be the best horror movie soundtrack ever made. The raspy voices in the movie’s main theme fit the mood of the movie perfectly. “Suspiria” is extremely scary, and never lowers to the level of comedic blood and gore. The film’s colors, mood, and music are still remembered today, and the film will go down in history as one of the great horror movies. © John Randolph, 2002.