Trivia / Suspiria

  • California Doubling: Set in Germany but shot entirely in Rome.
  • Creator Breakdown: Quite chillingly. Argento contemplated suicide for a few days after finishing the movie.
  • Dawson Casting: A somewhat bizarre example. Argento originally wanted the characters to be 12 years old, but the studio vetoed this idea because they were worried it would get the film banned. As a compromise, Argento hired actresses in their 20s, but retained the childlike dialogue from the script. He also made sure that all the doorknobs in the film would be above the actresses' heads, to make them seem smaller in comparison.
  • Director Allusion: The weapon used in the final scene is a dagger hidden in the crystalline tail feather of a bird statue. Argento rose to fame with a film titled The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • The creepy music was played on set during the relevant scenes to make the actors uneasy.
    • Jessica Harper was genuinely unnerved during the climax. All the explosions were going off near her, helping with how scared Suzy is supposed to look.
    • Stefania Casini got tangled up in the fake wires, so Sara's panic is real.
  • What Could Have Been: Argento originally planned for the schoolgirls to be much younger than they were in the final product. His father, the producer, pointed out that the film would never be released anywhere if they went with that. He still had the sets constructed slightly too large, so as to maintain a sense of childlike desperation. The same script was used, which explains some of the childish behavior (like the "names of snakes" scene) the girls engage in.
  • Written by Cast Member: Subverted. Daria Nicolodi, who wrote the screenplay, was originally going to star as Suzy. But Argento wanted a younger actress and so cast Jessica Harper. Nicolodi still provides the voice of Helena Markos however.

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