For me, Suspiria is absolute perfection. The GREATEST achievement in horror movies history. Deep Red, is a masterpiece, but just not as good as Suspiria, but highly recommended. While it does not feature the ´psychotic coloring of lights´, the film is visually stunning, and very otherworldly, nightmarish and surreal, despiste the story being quite ´normal´.
The theater is like a faithful wife. The film is the great adventure, the costly, exacting mistress
The 'psychotic coloring of light' in Suspiria always meant nothing to me. Come on, that was just a set of lights being turned on and off. What I pay attention to most is the story, and Suspiria didn't have much of one.
Therefore, I MUCH prefer Deep Red. Heavier on plot, mystery and murder, lighter on gimmicky lighting effects.
I liked Suspiria largely because it went beyond film as a medium simply for telling a story. One man's gimmick is another man's flourish. Although the use of music in Deep Red leading up to the murders was fantastic, overall I enjoyed watching Suspiria a bit more.
it's not better, just... different.
Wake me up when it's over