Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento and released on 1 February 1977. Co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi and produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento, the film stars Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosè, Alida Valli, and Joan Bennett.
The film follows American ballet student Suzy Bannion (Harper) who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany, only to discover that it is controlled by a coven of witches. The score was performed by progressive rock band Goblin. It is the first of the trilogy Argento refers to as "The Three Mothers", followed by Inferno and The Mother of Tears.
Suspiria has become one of Argento's most successful feature films, receiving critical acclaim for its visual and stylistic flair, use of vibrant colors and its soundtrack. It was nominated for two Saturn Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Joan Bennett in 1978 and Best DVD Classic Film Release in 2002. This was Bennett's final film.
It has since become a cult classic and a remake was planned for 2013 but put on hold indefinitely.
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