During a sequence of brutal killings, an American newbie at a prominent German dance academy realizes the institution is a cover for something nefarious. Suspiria is a 1977 Italian supernatural horror film directed by Dario Argento, who co-wrote the script with Daria Nicolodi and was inspired in part by Thomas De Quincey’s 1845 essay Suspiria de Profundis. Jessica Harper is an American ballet student who goes to a famous dancing college in Germany but discovers, following a series of gruesome killings, that the academy is a front for a supernatural conspiracy. Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé, Alida Valli, Udo Kier, and Joan Bennett, in her final film appearance, all appear. The film is the first of Argento’s trilogy known as The Three Mothers, which also includes Inferno (1980) and The Mother of Tears (1981). (2007). Suspiria is Argento’s most successful feature film, gaining critical acclaim for its visual and aesthetic flare, use of brilliant colors, and music by Argento and the progressive rock band Goblin. Suspiria received two Saturn Award nominations: Best Supporting Actress for Bennett in 1978 and Best DVD Classic Film Release in 2002. It has become a cult classic and is regarded as a seminal work in the horror genre. It served as the idea for Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 film of the same name.