YMMV / Suspiria

  • Anti-Climax Boss: Helena Markos. She's the head of the coven of witches who can do pretty much anything they want. Once Suzy sees a flaw in her invisibility, she easily stabs her. Mother of Tears addresses this, saying that she had been left in a weakened state from a battle with another witch.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The German slap-dancing scene. It serves no real purpose to the plot, and it completely interrupts the ominous atmosphere.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The entire score by Goblin is pretty impressive.
  • Ear Worm: The intro to the main theme.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Albert, the little boy, has gained an inexplicable cult following.
    • Miss Tanner as well is one of the most memorable characters in the film, with many calling Alida Valli the real scene-stealer.
  • First Installment Wins: Suspiria is seen as a classic of horror cinema, despite some flaws, and it is widely respected in film circles. Inferno is viewed as So Okay, It's Average (though it does have a strong fanbase too) while Mother of Tears is viewed as a disaster.
  • Narm:
    • "So! You've come to kill Helena Markos! A ha ha ha!" Mostly all of Helena Markos' lines in the English dub are overly hammy. Averted in the original Italian dub 'I'm coming, American! And let the living meet the dead, and the dead the living...'
    • The first victim's name happens to be Pat Hingle. It's either an unfortunate coincidence or one of the weirdest Shout Outs in the history of cinema. Knowing Argento, it's most likely a Shout-Out.
    • Immediately after the blind piano player is fired, he goes to... well, the Cine-Masochist described it as a "German brodance festival", and that's the only term that fits.
    • The "names of snakes" scene is odd to watch, mostly because it's bizarre to see girls in their twenties bickering like children. This is a leftover detail from the original script where they were children. Dario Argento just didn't change the lines.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The witches can strike at any minute, killing whoever they want and Make It Look Like an Accident (in the case of Daniel). Or else they can just make it look as if someone ran away and vanished like Sara.
  • Squick: Nothing like brushing maggots out of your hair.
  • Special Effect Failure: A bat attacks Suzy in the third act, but it looks incredibly fake.
  • Vindicated by History: Although the film was a commercial success, it was trashed by critics upon release because of perceived plot holes and weak characterization. Nowadays, it's considered a masterpiece of Surreal Horror and one of the most visually stunning films of all time.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The set design and lighting truly seems like something out of a nightmare.