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->''"The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of'' Suspiria ''are the first 92."''[[note]]Which is technically true, since most of the film is psychological horror/mystery, while the last twelve minutes are more of an action film with far less gore involved.[[/note]]
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Suzy Bannion, an American ballet student goes to perfect her art in a Freiburg Academy. Of course, as young female students are being murdered, this is a bad idea.

Probably the most famous (and arguably the best, though it's often in contention with ''Film/DeepRed'' for that honor) Creator/DarioArgento film, ''Suspiria'' is a movie that doesn't play by ''any'' rules. It's the first part of the Three Mothers trilogy by Director Dario Argento which also includes ''Film/{{Inferno}}'' (1980) and ''Film/MotherOfTears'' (2007).

Fans of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' will find quite a bit of value in this film, as the game and series take very heavy inspiration from it.
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!! "Broken Tropes, Broken Minds":

* AllThereInTheManual: The significance of hangings, throat-slittings, the Directoress' distinctive snoring, and [[spoiler: the coven's deaths by asphyxiation]] only make sense if you know that the Directoress is [[spoiler: the Mother of Sighs.]] This is important in the inspiration and the sequels, but makes less sense here.
* AnimalsHateHim: Daniel's guide dog attacks Albert, Madame Blanc's nephew.
* AnyoneCanDie: It's an Argento movie. What did you expect?
* BetterThanItSoundsFilm: Try describing the plot of this movie to someone briefly without making it sound like a silly stereotypic haunted house ride. With witches. Go ahead.
* BlindMusician: In one scene, where there's ballet practice, the music is played by Daniel, a blind man with a guide dog.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Helena Markos ]] Mater Suspiriorum, the Mother of Sighs.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Understandable, since Argento is a fan of Creator/AlfredHitchcock.
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: Which Argento used again in ''Film/{{Phenomena}}''.
* BookcasePassage: [[spoiler: Helena Markos, the Directoress and Mother of Sighs]] is in a hidden room that can be accessed by turning the [[spoiler: blue iris]] on the wall in Madame Blanc's office.
* ColorWash: Red. Everything is red.
** Or [[UnnaturallyBlueLighting blue]].
** Or green.
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: [[spoiler:Were it not for the field trip to the theatre, the witches wouldn't have been the only casualties of the coven's destruction.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The deaths of Pat, her friend, and [[spoiler: Sara]] are examples.
* CurbStompBattle: The final confrontation with the BigBad is...surprisingly easy.
* TheDarknessGazesBack: The first murder. Eek.
* DeathTrap: While following the teachers at night, Sara gets chased [[spoiler:by an unseen killer and jumps out of a window into a room full of razor wire.]]
* DingDongTheWitchIsDead: Once the BigBad is killed, the threat is neutralized because the other members of the [[spoiler: coven]] are powerless without the leader and die.
* DissonantSerenity: After defeating the LoadBearingBoss, one could almost forgive the victor from forgetting [[spoiler:that every last student in the school is burning to death, despite being innocent of wrongdoing, except that said students were actually in town seeing a play with a (apparently not-evil) teacher at the time.]]
* EmpathicEnvironment: The storm at the end mirrors [[spoiler: the destruction of the school]].
* EvilOldFolks: The BigBad of the film [[spoiler:is an old woman.]]
* EvilDetectingDog: Done with a twist. [[spoiler:The evil in question manages to possess it into attacking its owner.]]
* ExcusePlot: It's all about the colors, music, and gore.
* {{Fainting}}: Suzy faints during ballet practice supposedly because of anemia. [[spoiler: It's actually because of an enchantment a witch put on her.]]
* FacelessEye: The eyes that stare at Pat through the window.
* FinalGirl: Suzy.
* FollowTheLeader: Argento says it's a fairy tale, inspired by ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. However, the plot follows more closely with ''Literature/HanselAndGretel''.
* {{Gorn}}: During Pat's murder, [[spoiler: the killer stabs so deeply you can actually see her heart being punctured, but that's only the beginning]]. The Magnum release is the only American release with every frame of footage (even the recent DVD releases are missing anywhere from a few frames to a few seconds of footage), and the R-rated cut is only available in a pan-and-scan release, while the uncut version is available in both pan-and-scan and letterboxed releases.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Surprisingly, when [[spoiler: Sara's]] throat is being slashed, we barely see the knife slicing and then we get a closeup of her eyes. Surprising, considered [[{{Gorn}} what we saw during Pat's murder]].
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: The reason why the two girls are killed.]]
* HumanPincushion: Pat's friend is impaled by falling glass when Pat's dead falls through the sky light.
* ImprobablyFemaleCast: The main characters are all female. The male character with the most dialogue in the film is the psychiatrist, and he has only one scene at the end.
* {{Invisibility}}: One of the special abilities of the Mother of Sighs, [[spoiler: Helena Markos]]. She tries to trick the protagonist with this ability, [[spoiler: but it doesn't work]].
* LargeHam: Helena Markos in the American dub, [[{{Narm}} ad nauseam]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: There are a few, but the 14-note motif used at the very beginning (entitled "Suspiria", natch) re-appears eight additional times.
* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler:Helena Markos.]]
* MauveShirt: Pat, her friend, and Daniel.
* MindScrew
* NoNameGiven: The actress portraying the Directoress [[spoiler: Helena Markos, the titular Mother of Sighs]] receives no casting credit. According to the co-writer of the script, she was a former prostitute found in Rome, but apparently nobody knows anything more about her.
* NoOntologicalInertia: When Suzy [[spoiler: kills the Mother of Sighs]], the reanimated corpse pursuing her instantly disappears and soon after that the entire school burns down. This is explained by the eradication of the black magic present there [[spoiler:which was accumulated and structured in the form of a coven by Helena Markos]].
* NothingIsScarier: Not a lot actually ''happens'' for most of the movie, but the lurid colors and strange sets create an unsettling atmosphere that's gotten under your skin long before any deaths beyond the first two occur.
* RedRightHand: The incredibly ugly porter.
* ScarsAreForever: After Suzy kills [[spoiler: Helena Markos, the Directoress]] she becomes visible and you can see her burn scars from the fire that nearly killed her.
* SceneryPorn
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler: Sara]], Suzy's friend, has her throat slashed with a straight razor while trapped in a room full of razor wire.
* SlippingAMickey: The witches-in-disguise slip a drug in Suzy's wine that comes complimentary with her meals.
* SoleSurvivor: Once the main heroine kills [[spoiler:the head witch (Mater Suspiriorum, the Mother of Sighs)]], the building starts to collapse, and the moment she leaves, it bursts into flames, supposedly killing every single person within the building except for the main heroine. Luckily, that includes none of the student body as they were on a field trip to the theatre.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Were it not for one of the teachers bringing many of the students on an unexpected field trip, the death toll from the destruction of the school after Suzy defeats Helena Markos would've been much higher. The witches were on to Suzy and set up the field trip to ensure there would be no witnesses to her death. Ironically, that just ended up saving more lives when Suzy came out on top.]]
* SurrealHorror
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The first murder in particular is astoundingly brutal, often earning a place on lists of the most grisly murders in cinema.
* TokenGoodTeammate: The teacher that took the students to see a play [[spoiler:and in the process quite possibly saved their lives when the school went down with Helena Markos]].
* TrashTheSet: The Academy's [[spoiler: self-imploding]].
* VaderBreath: While sleeping in the dance studio due to the school being fumigated for maggots, Sara knows that Helena Markos, the founder of the dance school and [[spoiler: The Mother of Sighs]], is in the room with them because of her loud, wheezy breathing.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The story was inspired to co-scriptwriter Daria Nicolodi by a story about her grandmother having run away from a music academy in which they also taught evil witchcraft.
** Dario Argento later admitted that this was purely fabricated.
* ViewersAreMorons: The out-of-place and totally unnecessary narration in the opening credits of the film.
* WickedWitch: [[spoiler: Helena Markos]], the Big Bad, she's ancient, she cackles, and curses people.
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