starring:, Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini and Flavio Bucci
Meanwhile, the girl seeks refuge to her friend in a near-by dorm, but safety wasn't on her side as a maniac broke in and viciously murders her (and accidentally, her friend) in a tension-filled prolonged murder.
Still, despite not being a full-on giallo, the genre's influence is present in its murders with their artistic execution. One fine example is the opening double murders which wisely sets up the viewers for a wider and stranger arrays of later killings with varying built of suspense, brutality and some darkly humorous irony.
The acting is a bit off at times, but then again, that isn't as flinching as it should be as it's a very minor flaw compared to the rest. Jessica Harper played the role of our heroine, with much innocence and curiosity blended that makes her a likable character.
Personally speaking, this is Argento's last, finest, and most original film for me. It's first sequel, Inferno, tried to copy the same visual artistry in here, but fails to be any impact with it's very weak plot but somehow passes with its wider arrays of murders. The second sequel, Mother of Tears which also seals the trilogy close, is unfortunately an utter mess. Argento, after Suspiria, moved back to do more giallo films that were by-far very passable in the 80s, but slowly deteriorates in the wane of the new millennium ("Giallo" anyone?). Seeing this as the director's best film, I highly recommend this title for those young film hunters out there, no matter what genre you're after. It's a genre movie, but an outstandingly beautiful one at that.
1 female stabbed repeatedly on the heart, hanged with phone wires
1 female accidentally impaled on the head and neck with a sharpened debris.
1 blind male had his neck ravaged by a dog
1 female tangled in razor wire, later gets her throat cut with razor
1 bat bashed to death with a chair
1 elderly female gets a hat pin stabbed through her neck
1 male, 1 boy and 6 females burned to death inside a building