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I didn't really know what to expect from this film beforehand, and what I discovered was a film with a mixed up plot, some sub-par acting (and bad dubbing), and some effects which must have been bad even for their time. Despite all this, I would highly recommend this to anyone curious about it. Usually the flaws I mentioned would ruin any film, but this had a brilliantly creepy atmosphere throughout, purely through the visuals and sound. The music is simply the best horror film music i've come across, and adds so much to the experience.
Some thoughts on Suspiria: https://16miles.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/suspiria-1977/
Suspiria is an oppressive blend of light, colour, shape and sound. It is an atmosphere that doesn’t let you breathe until the film closes. In the moments where it could slip into the realm of cheap B-Movie horror, it instead becomes art.
It isn’t the strength of the actors or the plot that will keep you gripped to the screen. The plot is absurd fantasy, as contrived as you would expect from a horror film. There is only a certain amount of willingness to believe in the absurd. Which is why the best horror is the best storytelling. It invests you so deep in something bizarre.
Suspiria instead has something else. It has a style unlike anything you have seen before or since. The lighting and set design is unreal; it is bursting. The set pieces are vast, jagged, cutting modern gothic. The soundtrack is a sour wash of melody that is overwhelming in the film’s quietest moments.
The thing about the film’s plot, though. It could let the film down. The acting could let the film down. Some dated blood effects could let the film down. But it’s hard to give the film a hard time about those things when they seem so small in the film’s grand scale.
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