Suspiria is a 1977 Italian supernatural horror film directed by Dario Argento, who co-wrote the screenplay with Daria Nicolodi, partially based on Thomas De Quincey's 1845 essay Suspiria de Profundis. The film stars Jessica Harper as an American ballet student who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany but realizes, after a series of brutal murders, that the academy is a front for a supernatural conspiracy. It also features Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé, Alida Valli, Udo Kier and Joan Bennett, in her final film role.


Suzy Bannion, a young American ballet student, arrives in Freiburg, Germany during a torrential downpour to study at the co-ed Tanz Dance Akademie, a prestigious German dance school. When Suzy arrives she encounters another student, Pat Hingle, as she flees the school in terror. Suzy is then refused entry to the school, and she's forced to stay in town until the next morning. Pat takes refuge at a friend's apartment and reveals to her that something sinister is happening at the school. She is ambushed by a shadowy figure who stabs her repeatedly, and pierces her heart, and drags her to the roof of the apartment building before hanging her with a noose by throwing her through the building's skylight. Pat's friend is also killed after being impaled by the falling debris while trying to alert other tenants to the murder.