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Thu, October 30, 2008 | MEZ BO.306 100 (basement)

8:00 PM

Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, and co-written by Argento and actress Daria Nicolodi, with whom Argento was romantically involved at the time. Nicolodi claims the plot was inspired by an experience of her grandmother's. The setting was originally to be a children's school but was later changed to a dance school for older teens. Suspiria is often considered Argento's finest film and a classic of the horror genre. Entertainment Weekly rated it #18 in its top 25 scariest movies of all time, saying it had "the most vicious murder scene ever filmed", and it was rated #24 on the cable channel Bravo's list of the "100 Scariest Movie Moments".

Suspiria is the first film in a trilogy Argento refers to as "The Three Mothers", about evil forces attempting to break through to the earth and wreak merciless havoc. Argento's next film, Inferno (1980), was the second in the trilogy, and the third is The Mother of Tears.

In a poll of film critics conducted by the Village Voice, Suspiria was named the 100th greatest film made during the 20th century.

The film is also famous among filmmakers as the final feature film to be processed in Technicolor before the processing plant was shut down.

from wikipedia

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