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.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • In the taxi at the beginning. Lightning strikes and Dario Argento's face can be seen reflected in the divider, right behind the driver's neck. The rictus grin on his face suggests that this was entirely intentional.
    • Also, when something kills Pat less than fifteen minutes into the film, the something's arms are Argento's in makeup.
    • In the Italian version, Helena Markos's voice is dubbed by co-writer Daria Nicolodi.
  • Creator Couple: Director Dario Argento and screenwriter Daria Nicolodi were together at the time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Follow the Leader: Argento says it's a fairy tale, inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However, the plot follows more closely with Hansel and Gretel.
  • Homage: The elaborate patterns on the floors and in some of the architecture is Argento's homage to Alfred Hitchcock, who used similar themed patterns.
  • 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.
    • Daria Nicolodi wrote the part of Suzy for herself to play. But the studio suggested casting an American actress to make the film more bankable, and Jessica Harper was given the part instead.
  • Written by Cast Member: Daria Nicolodi provides the voice of Helena Markos.


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