The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Suspiria (1977)
Directed by
Dario Argento
92
minutes

Suspiria

Our Neon Nightmares series kicks off with Dario Argento’s giallo masterpiece Suspiria!

When young dancer Suzy (Jessica Harper) travels to attend a prestigious ballet school in Germany, she arrives on a late, stormy night. Instead of being let inside, she witnesses fellow student Pat (Eva Axén) fleeing from the school in a panic before she is mysteriously murdered. As more people die, Suzy finally uncovers the long, terrifying secret history of the place.

Bright, bloody, and vivid, Suspiria is a dazzling thriller that is as colorful as it is chilling.


“A beautiful bright fantasy that lives off its aesthetic.” – Evan Dossey, Midwest Film Journal

“Though ‘witch-run dance academy’ is certainly one of the best ideas for a movie ever to put to paper, it’s not the plot of Suspiria that makes it so wonderful so much as it is the look.” – Eliza C. Thompson, Cosmopolitan

“Suspiria is a baroque piece of esoteric expressionism that you enter – and exit – without understanding so much as feeling.” – Anton Bitel, Little White Lies