Suspiria ★★★★★

”Do you know anything about......witches?”

Taking a temporary step away from his more reality based giallo films, Dario Argento here transports us into an enchanted technicolour dream of a gothic fairy-tale as we share a journey into the darkness with dance student Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper), a coven of witches awaits.
Full of vivid primary colours and beautiful set designs, Argento composes each frame as though it was a work of art in its own right, opening the film out with a murder set piece that takes his visual flair for representations of on screen death to glorious new heights. Acting and plot are put slightly aside as style and atmosphere take prominence, though unseen until the finale, the sinister aura of The Black Queen, Mater Suspiriorum, Helena Markos remains ever-present at the art nouveau Tanz Academy, headed by her subordinates Miss Tanner (Alida Valli) and Madame Blanc (Joan Bennett), eyes peering through the darkness, shadows dancing on buildings, a grim fate awaits those that stand in their way. Beyond the visuals, what brings this film truly too life is the immense, unforgettable score by Goblin, its lullabies grow into cries of Witch and a bass drum sound that wants to reach out and grab your insides.
Step through the automatic sliding doors into the storm that awaits, be pierced by the light reflected back at you and share in Suzy’s smile as you exit the inferno. A stylistic triumph that for me remains Argento’s finest hour. Magic lies within the celluloid, highly recommended.

”Bad luck isn’t brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds.”