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Suspiria is a 2013 American Supernatural Horror film written by Christof Gerbert and directed by David Gordon Green starring Isabelle Furhman, Isabelle Huppert, Michael Nyqvist, Janet McTeer, Shailene Woodley, Stefania Owen, Dominique Grund, Jeremy Shada, Bella Thorne, Danny McBride, Keri Russell and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The film is a remake of the classic 1977 Italian Horror film of the same name directed by Giallo director Dario Argento, who serves as a producer on the remake.

The film was filmed in Munich, Atlanta, Georgia and Brussels.

It was released theatrically on July 6, 2013 and released on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 22, 2013.

It is rated R for Disturbing violent content, bloody violence and gore, some sexual content, disturbing images and language.

Suspiria was released by 20th Centuary Fox and Ghost House Pictures.

Plot

Suzy Bannion, an American ballet student, arrives from her flight in Munich, Germany on a stormy night to enroll in a prestigious dance academy in Freiburg. After Suzy is unable to gain access into the academy, she spends the night in town. Pat Hingle, a student who is expelled from the academy is seen by Suzy leaving and looking frightened. Pat finds refuge at a friend's apartment in town. After she locks herself in the bathroom, a mysterious arm smothers her against the glass. Her friend hears this and tries to scream for help but Pat is repeatedly stabbed and bound with a cord before she is hung in mid-air. Her friend is killed directly below by the falling glass and metal.

Upon Suzy's arrival at the academy the next morning, she is introduced to Madame Blanc, the vice-directoress, and Miss Tanner, one of the instructors. She is escorted to the ballet students' locker room, where she meets Sarah and Olga, the latter with whom she has arranged to stay off-campus. After a strange encounter with the academy's cook, Suzy faints during a lesson. Later that night, she awakens to discover that she has been moved into a dormitory room against her wishes. The doctors tell her that she is to be "medicated" with a glass of wine daily. Suzy befriends Sarah after the two are roomed together. As the students prepare for dinner, hundreds of maggots fall from the ceiling. The students are told this was due to spoiled food boxed in the attic. The girls are invited to sleep in the practice hall overnight. During the night, Sarah identifies a distinctive whistling snore as that of the school's director, who is not due to return to the academy for several weeks.

The next morning, Tanner orders the school's blind piano player, Daniel, to leave the academy immediately after his guide dog bites Albert. Later that night, Sarah overhears the teacher's footsteps and begins to count them whilst Suzy becomes drowsy and falls asleep. While Daniel and his guide dog cross a plaza, Daniel senses a strange presence. Suddenly, his seemingly calm dog lunges at Daniel and tears his throat out, killing him. The next day, Suzy recalls the words "iris" and "secret" from Pat's mumbling. Later that night, Suzy and Sarah go for a swim while Sarah reveals to Suzy that she and Pat were close friends, and recalls that Pat had been "talking strangely for some time". The two girls search for Pat's notes, but they appear to have been stolen. Suzy suddenly becomes drowsy and falls asleep before Sarah flees after hearing footsteps. Sarah is chased by an unseen pursuer and, thinking she will be able to escape through a window into another room, falls into a huge pile of razor wire. She struggles in anguish until a mysterious black-gloved hand of a dark figure appears and slits her throat.

The following morning, Blanc and Tanner inform Suzy that Sarah has abruptly left the academy. Confused and suspicious, Suzy goes to meet one of Sarah's acquaintances, a psychologist, Frank Mandel, who explains that the academy was founded by Helena Markos, a cruel Greek émigré who was widely believed to be a witch. Dr. Mandel's colleague, Professor Millus, then tells Suzy that a coven can only survive with their queen. Upon Suzy's return, she discovers that all of the students have gone to the theater. She overhears the footsteps Sarah identified before and follows them to Blanc's office. She suddenly recalls Pat's mumbling after discovering irises painted all over the walls of Blanc's office. After entering a hidden passage, she discovers Blanc, Tanner and the staff forming a ritual where they plot Suzy's death. Unseen, Suzy then turns to find Sarah's body nailed to a coffin. Frightened, Suzy then sneaks into another room, where she accidentally awakens a shadowy figure who reveals herself as Helena Markos. She hears a laughing and demonic voice. Helena then orders Sarah's nearby corpse to rise from the dead to murder Suzy. Suzy then stabs Helena through the throat with one of the room's decorative knives, which appears to kill her (she fades from view screaming) and Sarah's reanimated corpse. Helena's demise causes the building to set alight. As the academy is slowly destroyed with the coven inside, Suzy manages to escape before the entire building catches on fire.

Cast

  • Isabelle Fuhrman as Suzy Bannon
  • Isabelle Huppert as Miss Tanner
  • Jennifer Beals as Diane Bannon
  • Shailene Woodley as Sarah Lance-Bishop
  • Jeremy Shada as Lewis Alvadore
  • Dominique Grund as Lara Binglodore
  • Alana Ethridge as Whitney Terminal
  • Andje Traue as Pat Hingle
  • Janet McTeer as Madame Blanc
  • Michael Nyqvist as Professor Bentley
  • Danny McBride as Detective Allan Rinaldo
  • Keri Russell as Detective Jessica Laneren
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Detective Johnathen Foster
  • Bella Thorne as Armanda Julienne
  • Stefania Owen as Samantha Kriesel

Reception

Suspiria recieved overwelmingly critical acclaim as the original did. it currently has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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