Suspiria 1977 T-Shirt
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– This Suspiria 1977 T-Shirt features the horrific hanging scene with Suzy Bannion classically holding up her knife.
– Under these two images on the Suspiria 1977 T-Shirt is the traditional Suspiria poster, with blood pooling and dripping below.
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Italy, filmmaker Dario Argento had carved out a unique niche in the fright-film business with such thrillers as The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970) and Deep Red (1975). These atmospheric stories, populated with demented killers and boasting grotesque set pieces, drip with equal parts gore and suspense — pop-culture products of the changing times. Flush with success, yet seeking a new creative direction, Argento then decided to envelop himself in the macabre lore of Old Europe. Working with fellow screenwriter Daria Nicolodi, he concocted a heady tale of witchcraft and the occult set in a ballet academy poised on the edge of Germany’s Black Forest.
There, a young American student, Suzy (Jessica Harper), becomes the target of Mater Suspirium, the Mother of Sighs, a demonic headmistress whose murderous minions dispatch those around Suzy with operatic aplomb. Their elaborate, Grand Guignol-style deaths unfold in a series of bloodchilling sequences. The evocatively titled Suspiria (1977), photographed by Luciano Tovoli, ASC, AIC, is a feast of intensely expressive images and sound. A creative touchstone among horror aficionados, the picture stands as an example to all filmmakers seeking to create tangible onscreen synergy between story, design, direction and cinematography.
Suspiria is noteworthy for several stylistic flourishes that have become Argento trademarks, particularly the use of set-piece structures that allow the camera to linger on pronounced visual elements. Cinematographer Luciano Tovoli was hired by Argento to shoot the film, based on color film tests he had completed, which Argento felt matched his vision, in part inspired by Snow White (1937). The film was shot using anamorphic lenses. The production design and cinematography emphasize vivid primary colors, particularly red, creating a deliberately unrealistic, nightmarish setting, emphasized by the use of imbibition Technicolor prints.
Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader gave a favorable review, claiming that “Argento works so hard for his effects—throwing around shock cuts, colored lights and peculiar camera angles—that it would be impolite not to be a little frightened.” Although J. Hoberman of The Village Voice gave a positive review as well, he calls it “a movie that makes sense only to the eye”. Bob Keaton of the Fort Lauderdale News praised the film’s “well-crafted plot,” likening elements of it to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, adding: “For the seekers of superficially devilish thrills, Suspiria is just the thing.”
A review in the Colorado Springs Gazette deemed it “a film to experience and for lovers of cinematic suspense… Suspiria may prove to be the most harrowing shocker ever filmed.” In the years since its release, Suspiria has been cited by critics as a cult film.
In the book European Nightmares: Horror Cinema in Europe Since 1945 (2012), the film is noted for being an “exemplar of Eurohorror…it is excessive but here the excess seems to entail a more forceful retardation of a narrative drive, to the extent that the narrative periodically ceases to exist.” Suspiria has been praised by film historians and critics for its emphasized employment of color and elaborate set-pieces; film scholar John Kenneth Muir notes that “each and every frame of Suspiria is composed with an artistic, remarkable attention to color.”