Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day 17: 31 Days of Horror: Suspiria (1977)

How weird can a movie about ballet get? Pretty freaking weird apparently, if you've ever seen Black Swan (2010), The Red Shoes (1948), or Suspiria, then you know what I'm talking about. I haven't met very many ballet dancers in my life, but I'm starting to wonder if a lot of them are deeply disturbed...

Suspiria is creepy right from the beginning. It begins with an American dancer arriving in Europe in order to attend a prestigious ballet school. As she is arriving, the camera strays away from her and follows another young woman who seems to be sprinting away from the school in fear. She ends up returning to her apartment, clearly still extremely freaked out by something. Then, when learn that it is some sort of monster because the monster comes and murders her!

The story then moves back onto the American dancer. She seems to quickly realizes that something isn't right with the school after her first ballet lesson there. She ends up passing out during it, given a strange concoction that is supposedly meant to heal her. However, all it seems to do is make her extremely drowsy. She begins experiencing and witnessing very bizarre events, such as strange sounds, a maggot infestation in the whole school, and more. Why are these things happening? What is in the school? It looks like the dancer has some snooping she has to do in order to find out what is going on, but will she be safe if she eventually finds out? Watch the movie to find out.

The best thing about Suspiria is the music. The Goblins are very successful at making some deliciously creepy tunes. I also like how colorful the film is. The sets look amazing because of the beautiful colors and lighting used. 


monty said...

I agree Kalli, the music is the best thing about Suspiria. Supremely creepy. A very weird and intense horror film. I used a pic of it as my icon for classic horror movies on my blog.

Kalli said...

Awesome, Monty! Is it weird that I really like The Goblins? lol

s. said...

Suspiria is lovely, the music, the colors, the ballet...It's one of my favorite classic horror films and probably my favorite Argento film.

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