Suspiria (1976)

ts violent set-pieces staged with baroque extremity and heightened further by Goblin’s clamorous prog rock score, Suspiria influenced directors from John Carpenter through to Darren Aronofsky, whose Black Swan explicitly references Argento’s first fully fledged horror film. American dance student Harper’s arrival at a German ballet school coincides with a shocking double murder. Amid a hothouse atmosphere of adolescent hysteria, hints of occultism give way to the revelation that the school’s tutors are part of an ancient witch’s coven. By using colour filters and forced lighting, the Mario Bava-influenced Argento pushed the artificiality of the old fashioned Technicolor stock to extremes, creating a cinema of pure visual and aural sensation. NF
Dir Dario Argento (Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci)

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