A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director, an ambitious young dancer and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare, others will finally wake up.
From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tanz Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Bannion senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution.
For Suspiria, Stan Douglas brings together the visual style of Dario Argento's 1977 horror movie of the same title; the properties of the now obsolete Technicolor process; the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm and a soundtrack featuring John Medeski and Scott Harding (of the celebrated Jazz ensemble Medeski, Martin and Wood). Stan Douglas's Suspiria takes as its location the Herkules Oktagon, Kassel's most famous historical landmark; a monumental octagonal structure built in the late 17th century, atop Wilhelmshöhe overlooking the city of Kassel.
Documentary about the shooting of 'Suspiria' that details everything that lovers of horror genre can desire, including the inspiration of the plot, the director, the cast, the style, the music and, of course, its worldwide success. Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Jessica Harper, Udo Kier, Stafania Casini, Giuseppe Colombo, Luciano Tovoli and several members of the progressive rock band Goblin (Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli, Massino Marante) are interviewed to learn about their work in the film.
Arthouse Horror. With Cosmotropia-De-Xam.
This documentary brings together a small assortment of genre fans and scholars to discuss the lasting legacy of "Suspiria," which everyone seems to recognize as the pinnacle of Dario Argento's career. The gang discusses story origins and influences, cinematographic achievements, the film's thematic reach and dream logic, casting issues, murder sequences, Goblin's scoring accomplishments, the oddball marketing push in America, and the picture's continued hold on viewers 40 years after its release. (Blu-ray.com)