Suspiria (1977)

Mike Matei / October 5th, 2015


  • October 5, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Nice review james!

  • October 5, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Cool shit man! Late at night to see your review! Nice as always.
    Thanks mike and james!

  • Guillaume Beck

    October 5, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Haha with all the superb visuals in this movie you still managed to get a disgusting thumbnail hahahahaha. By the way, brilliant film ! You should had a few more italian master pieces, am I wrong or monster madness lacks other Argento movies but also pieces from Mario Bava, etc… Reviewing “a bay of blood” would be nice and it would be interesting to check if their’s any differencies between american and european versions for such movies.

  • Tornado of Guts

    October 5, 2015 at 3:24 am

    There’s an Italian horror movie called, The Beyond, from 1981. Perhaps it would be a good addition to the Monster Madness series some day. IMDb: A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where after a series of supernatural ‘accidents’, she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

    • Tornado of Guts

      October 5, 2015 at 3:27 am

      The director is Lucio Fulci.

      • Guillaume Beck

        October 5, 2015 at 3:28 am

        Yeah we need reviews of Fulci movies … and damn BRUNO MATTEI MOVIES TOO hahahahaha ! Mike certainly is Bruno’s illegitemate grand-son by the way !

    • October 7, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Totally agree. Its such an excellent movie. Lucio Fulci got some great stuff.

  • Guillaume Beck

    October 5, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Next year make an ITALIAN themed monster madness entitled “MOSTRO FOLLIA” ! WE NEED IT !

    • Elwin Rijken

      October 5, 2015 at 8:52 am

      GREAT idea!

    • October 5, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Terrific idea!

    • October 5, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Sounds cool.

    • Don Skiver

      October 5, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      I wouldn’t limit it to Italian horror films only, (though maybe make it the main focus?) because I’d love to see an all foreign horror movie monster madness one of these years. I’m actually much more interested in seeing some eastern horror movies such as Japanese horror or Filipino horror or some other kind of asian horror. Because the culture of what’s “scary” in the east is very very different from what’s scary in the west and I think that would be very interesting to explore one of these days.

      • Guillaume Beck

        October 6, 2015 at 2:06 am

        Yep, I sent a message to James yesterday suggesting either an Italian themed monster madness or an european one or an asian one (or whatever region) , even a monster madness “world tour” which could be great though it might turn a bit unfocused.
        Instead of “italian” I should maybe have suggested “european” but yeah an asian monster madness is required too, that’s for sure.
        If we join efforts to suggest such themes I’m pretty sure it’ll be noticed 🙂 .

        In any case, considering foreign movies, an other thing that could be interesting would be to check the different versions existing for most of these films since most of them often go through recuts for the sake of international sales or US versions.

    • October 9, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      I 4th it.

  • October 5, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Keep em coming James! Nice to see Mike taking a bigger role on screen as well. Cheers!

  • zbeeblebrox

    October 5, 2015 at 4:06 am

    I loved the color of blood in this movie. BRIGHT red! Clearly done with some heavy paint. The more translucent, darker fake blood used today might be more realistic, but it just doesn’t have the same effect as seeing the screen filled with red red red everywhere!

  • handsome pete

    October 5, 2015 at 4:34 am

    I want to see a horror movie about a world famous ballet school being run by witches, but Suspiria barely explores that idea at all.

  • Kevin McLaughlin

    October 5, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Great choice of movie!

  • Frank Tesoriero

    October 5, 2015 at 6:11 am

    YES! You reviewed Suspiria, this makes me so happy. One of my favorite horror films. Pls review the Burning

  • Riknight36

    October 5, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Not much of a fan of this movie, but I can’t believe you didn’t mention the super cheesy trailer. It’s one of the best ever and possibly even better than the movie itself! 😀

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    October 5, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Didn’t care much for this film and find the 7,5 IMDb rating a bit shocking. But it IS visually stunning for sure, and I don’t know about the score in general, but that theme song — which I was listening to on its own before even seeing the film — is SUH-weet. Opeth, for whoever’s interested, actually did a tribute to Goblin on their latest album (the song is titled just that). Sounds more like a general ’70s prog sound though, as they tend to aim for these days (and personally I feel like I’d rather put on Camel than listen to my favorite band emulating them).

  • culwin

    October 5, 2015 at 7:37 am

    These Italian horror directors are all freakin weird, man.
    Still it does look awesome.

  • MonsterMania

    October 5, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Thank you immensely for doing this one, this made my day and I’m happy you got around to it. Every year since at least 2010 or so, in vain, I’d send a list of flicks as suggestions for Monster Madness to the designated email and I generally highlighted doing Haxen, Village of The Damned, and Suspiria.

    I’m a happy camper that Haxen was done last year and now this year Suspiria.

  • jake westbrook

    October 5, 2015 at 8:16 am

    here’s another one the cinema snob has already done. I swear you doing the black cat this year and him (trying) to do italian horror this year has gotten me into Argento, Fulci, and Bava. in fact this looks like Mario Bava on steroids. I read this is going to get a Blu Ray release from Synapse films, along with two other argento Giallos, but it’s been months and there is no release date. anything goblin scores has to be good.

  • lucols

    October 5, 2015 at 8:46 am

    One of my faves of all time

  • October 5, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Awesome review, James. Dario Argento, in my humble opinion of course, is the best horror director in Italian film making’s history. No one can do what he did, the way that he did. I haven’t seen Suspiria, but dammit I sure will before Halloween is here! Oh, and I think that’s awesome that The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly is your favorite Italian movie. It’s mine too. 🙂

  • MonkeeJuice

    October 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I love that film!

  • October 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Great soundtrack in a great movie. Dario Argento and Goblin is a wonderful combination.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 5, 2015 at 9:17 am

    It’s so creepy! But looks so beautiful!

  • Joker83

    October 5, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Great review James! As much as I love Mike, I vastly prefer the scripted solo reviews

  • October 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Suspiria has been a long time coming. But will this -finally- be the edition of Monster Madness where James reviews Phantasm?

  • The Wicker Man

    October 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Visually stunning and creepy as shit. I find that the dubbing actually helps the atmosphere of the movie as it adds another layer suggesting that something feels a bit “off”.

  • October 5, 2015 at 9:32 am

    good choice James, thanks for explaining the dubbing that stuff bugged the hell of out me sometimes.

  • October 5, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Does anyone know the film(s) the black & white clips came from?

  • VV

    October 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

    This looks like a damn well made film. Loved the review, too. Keep it coming, James. <3

  • October 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Please do the other Sleepaway Camp movies.

  • Mac Tonight

    October 5, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Never seen this but for some reason the title reminds me of def leppards hysteria song…now I have def leppards hysteria stuck in my head. Great video James, by the way you should watch a Christmas horror story, it’s like the anti Christmas horror movie and surprisingly good.

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    October 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I love the whole “visual nightmare” subgenre of horror films. Saw Suspiria long ago and don’t remember too much about it, but watching this review reminded me of a newer movie called Horsehead. Curious if anyone’s seen it yet? Highly recommeneded.

  • Franco DiGiacomantonio

    October 5, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Been waiting so long for a review of this movie. One of my all time favorites. Would love to see more Italian Horror, Giallo, and Cannibal film reviews in the future.

  • October 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I’m so happy to see some Italian horror-movies~<3 Talk about the music in both Lucio and Dargo's movies, so much awesome to find there =)

    Hell, talk about music in horror-movies overall! Could be it's own series.

  • October 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Finally, James reviewing A Dario Argento movie!!

  • elvirus

    October 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Short but good

  • October 5, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I like how you enunciate Dario Argento. Sounds sexy! 😉

  • Nicholas Orlando

    October 5, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Why only 480p James?

  • October 5, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Cool review! I really like the new MM opening. Im sure you’re already done with these vids but I would love to hear wht you think about Inferno. Especially since you prefer it to Suspiria!

  • juggernautakira

    October 5, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Suspiria isnt bad, just plainly overrated. Dont agree? Look, its not a mistake that it took this long for this to show up on Monster Madness. Its not a lousy movie, but if you watched it and told me you were bored, not scared, but liked some scenes, the music and most of the visuals, Id tell you I d agree 100%.

  • Jimmy Reed

    October 5, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    “Suspiria” is a movie I would have never known about if I didn’t get the book “1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”. I have the 5th edition (the one the goes through 2007) and have seen all but one entry. It is not this movie (which I think is great), but it is ironically enough from 1977 as well. The movie is “Last Chants For A Slow Dance”.

  • October 6, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Yes the best part ot the three mothers trilogy, great sound and music theme

  • tuesti7c

    October 6, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Just want to say I MUCH prefer these types of reviews over the non scripted. I feel actually feel informed and i learned something about the film. Keep these up for next year please!

  • October 6, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Nice video, like always!

  • generalleoff

    October 6, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Profondo Rosso ranks up there as well. Another movie with a great Goblin soundtrack.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 6, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I had always heard about Suspiria. 1 evening it came on satellite late at night, and i figured I would watch it. I am so glad i did. Instantly became 1 of my favourite horror movies that I’ve ever seen. That scene of the girl trapped in the room trying to climb out the window was 1 of the greatest mis-direct horror moments that i have EVER SEEN!

  • October 6, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    What is the super creepy black and white clip from?

  • October 6, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    definitely going to check this one out sometime.

  • Stephanie Cutrere

    October 7, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Suspiria holds a place on my film shelf as one of the best horror films to watch next to “The Exorcist”, “Friday The 13th (original)” and “The Shining”.

  • badgerno1

    October 7, 2015 at 6:21 am

    So relieved you are doing these type of reviews still, soooo much better.

  • Ashley

    October 7, 2015 at 6:56 am

    With all the years of Monster Madness under your belt you fellahs still manage to dig up some true gems of horror.

    I still remember seeing this one on the late night film circuit as a kid and it was so striking visually that I recall it to this day. As you said James, vibrant, colorful and the sudden shifts in tone from silence to bizarre only complemented the aesthetic beauty of the work as a whole.

    Good review of a great horror hoot!

  • Jerry Harbin

    October 7, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Giallo is one of my favorite sub-genres, and Argento is a master of it. Suspiria and Deep Red are probably two of my favorites by him Great pick James!

  • blah dumb

    October 7, 2015 at 11:51 am

    The song “Weatherpeople” by RJD2 is basically just a sped up version main theme from this movie. Sounds pretty awesome too.

  • Roth Sothy

    October 7, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Argento’s finest work! I’ll be watching his other one, PHENOMENA (aka Creepers), this month for its 30th anniversary. It’s very similar to SUSPIRIA in setting, and stars a young Jennifer Connelly in her film debut.

  • Brent Rowland

    October 7, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    imo i think goblins best themes are Suspiria, Zombie and Deep red.

  • October 8, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Shame you don’t have a multi-lingual copy. Then you could try and match up each language with each actor. 😉

  • OdysseyOfJ

    October 9, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Great review! This review makes me want you to do one of “The Sentinel” (’77)!

  • October 10, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Not the biggest fan of “Inferno,” but I LOVE “Deep Red.” Killer Goblin soundtrack on that one, too.

  • October 11, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    The scene that stands out for me is when a student is scared into climbing through a small window just to fall into a room full of razor wire.

  • Jesse Miller

    October 14, 2015 at 12:06 am

    IMDB trivia bit on Suspiria: “It is often assumed that, to achieve the rich color palette, the film was shot using the outdated three-strip Technicolor process. This is not true. No film made after the mid-’50s was shot using this method. This film was instead shot on normal Eastmancolor Kodak stock, then printed using the three-strip Technicolor process, utilizing one of the last remaining three-strip machines. This issue has been confused somewhat by the fact that, on the 25th anniversary documentary featured in the three-disc DVD set, a discussion of the printing process by cinematographer Luciano Tovoli was followed by a diagram showing a three-strip camera.” regardless. It looks amazing

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 31, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    That’s a very cool looking and sounding movie, for sure.

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