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Suspiria

Posted on November 5, 2018 by James Shults

Release Date: August 12, 1977

Director: Dario Argento

Overall Rating: Good

An American woman joins a prestigious German dance school where something sinister is afoot.

The Good

The score by the band Goblin creates a vibrant, caustic atmosphere throughout Suspiria. The songs move this movie along with sparse yet repetitive moments, creating exciting but dreadful feelings along the journey.

The Bad

It’s a bit messy. Why are bad things happening to certain people? It’s hard to say. How are these bad things even happening? Also, hard to say. The rules for how the witches work are non existent. They can do anything to anyone for any reason.

 

The Ugly

There’s an outdated look to Suspiria that’s unfortunate. The movie has moments where it absolutely feels like it was made in 1977.  Moments that are just ugly to look at. There are plenty of other moments, however, where the cinematography and lighting are both gorgeous. Just the way color is used in Suspiria, makes any ugly moments easy to overlook.

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