With our Galloween celebrations about to come to a close, we decided to save the best for last when it came to Feminist Flashback Friday and bring your this week’s frightened femme, Suzy Bannion from Dario Argento’s 1977’s horror classic, Suspiria.
Who is she?
Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) is a New Yorker who has earned the opportunity to attend a prestigious ballet school in Germany. Though things are weird and eerie from Suzy’s first night in Germany including torrential downpours, being unable to be let in to her school despite being expected that night and the gruesome murder of one of the school’s former students.
Despite these omens, Suzy remains at the school, unwilling to give up the opportunity of a lifetime.But soon she starts to find out that the school isn’t all that it claims to be and that the sprawling building filled with secret passageways and eerie staff is actually a front for something much more sinister.
Why is she a badass?
Satanists! Not real Satanists, but the sort of Satanists that movies make us believe are devil worshippers. Suzy’s school is the front of a coven of some sort of so-called Satanists who sacrifice the students to please the zombified head witch whom they all worship.
At first Suzy is kept in the dark about all this, but when he only friend suddenly goes missing (is obvi murdered gruesomely), she begins investigating on her own, remembering the seemingly nonsensical words of the former student as they crossed paths on Suzy’s first night, and stumbles upon the secret meeting of these Satanists as well as the mutilated corpse of her missing friend. Obviously Suzy saves the day, bringing an end to the reign of this evil coven and she does it all single-handedly, despite facing all sorts of terrifying things.
Why does she still matter today?
Suzy is like so many other final girls in that she is likeable, kickass and faces her fears head on. She’s just so unafraid and takes the bull by the horns and does what she knows to be the right thing, being temporarily delayed by her fears, but refusing to let them control her.
Unlike other final girls, Suzy isn’t put on a pedestal for her purity or femininity. She’s just an average girl who happens to have decided to attend a dance academy with a terrifying secret.