Suspiria (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

Suspiria (1977)



Critic Consensus: The blood pours freely in Argento's classic Suspiria, a giallo horror as grandiose and glossy as it is gory.

Movie Info

An innocent American ballet dancer's excitement at being accepted to a prestigious European dance school turns to terror when she discovers that the institution is a cover for a murderous coven of witches.


Jessica Harper
as Suzy Bannion
Joan Bennett
as Madame Blanc
Alida Valli
as Miss Tanner
Udo Kier
as Frank
Fulvio Mingozzi
as Taxi Driver
Rudolf Schündler
as Milius, Prof. Milius
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Critic Reviews for Suspiria

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (7)

Argento accomplishes so much simply through lighting and music - which goes a long way to compensate for the stilted dialogue and awkward character interactions.

April 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Suspiria is a baroque piece of esoteric expressionism that you enter - and exit - without understanding so much as feeling.

December 4, 2017 | Full Review…

A movie that makes sense only to the eye (and even then . . .).

September 1, 2009 | Full Review…

Argento works so hard for his effects -- throwing around shock cuts, colored lights, and peculiar camera angles -- that it would be impolite not to be a little frightened.

March 29, 2007 | Full Review…

It's always fascinating to watch; the thrills and spills are so classy and fast that the movie becomes in effect what horror movies seemed like when you were too young to get in to see them.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mr. Argento's methods make potentially stomach-turning material more interesting than it ought to be.

May 9, 2005

Audience Reviews for Suspiria


Dario Argento is not really interested in plot or consistency here, but rather in creating a slowly absorbing - and unrelenting - atmosphere of apprehension, with an unsettling score, a jaw-dropping production design and a trippy cinematography of intense, saturated colors.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Dario Argento's most popular film is a must-see for seasoned horror fans. The violence is extreme, it's astoundingly creepy, beautifully filmed, and Goblins' score is one of the best film scores of all time. The only setback is the low production value and clearly dubbed audio, but don't let that stop you from experiencing this iconic work of the horror genre.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Classic horror by Dario Argento. The film is quite mesmerizing with Argento's brilliant use of lighting and cinematography which creates an eerie mood well accompanied by Goblin's brilliant soundtrack. The use of chimes in horror seems to quietly get you. Argento's use of rain is just one of those things that stands out to me when I see work of this caliber. Argento is an artist who is going to tell you a story with unusual pictures, sound, sets, and sometimes the most minimal thing to remind you what you're watching. Boo! It's also quite easy to see and hear the influence this film has had on various filmmakers in the horror genre. "Slicing and dicing", glowing eyes in a window, here a witch, there a witch, what have you. This is one fine freak fest.

Eric S
Eric S

Super Reviewer

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