Synopsis: Suzy (Jessica Harper) travels to Germany to attend ballet school. When she arrives, late on a stormy night, no one lets her in, and she sees Pat (Eva Axén), another student, fleeing from the school. When Pat reaches her apartment, she is murdered. The next day, Suzy is admitted to her new school, but has a difficult time settling in. She hears noises, and often feels ill. As more people die, Suzy uncovers the terrifying secret history of the place.
Genre: Horror
Production: International Classics Inc.
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min


Taxi, taxi!

Taxi! Hey, taxi!

Taxi! Taxi!

Can you give me a hand?

Uh, Escherstrausse.




Ah, Escherstrausse.

Ja, ja.

Has it been raining this hard for long?

Half an hour.

Can you wait a minute, please?


-Who is it?

Suzy Bannion. I just got in from New York.

-I don't know you. Go away!

-But I have the letter you sent.

Look, it's really raining hard. You

could just let me in and I'll explain.

-Go away. Go away!

-But you don't understand!

Wait! Wait a minute. Wait.

Hello. Is anybody there?


If you're happy enough with the couch,

you can stay for as long as you please.

Thanks, but I'll be leaving in the morning.

-I'm going away forever.

-Oh, big deal, kid.

So what if you've been thrown out of school?

I always got kicked out of school,

beginning in kindergarten.

No, that's not it. I don't give a

damn about getting kicked out.

Well, then?

It's useless to try and explain it to you.

You wouldn't understand.

It all seems so...Absurd,

So fantastic.

All I can do is get away from

here as soon as possible.

Would you mind if I used the

bathroom? I'd like to dry off.

No, of course not. Go ahead.

Hey, why don't you close it?

That's better. It was just the wind.

You sure are in bad shape.

You have to tell me all about it.

The wind! The windows burst open.

-I got scared.

-No. That's not it.

I mean, what it is that's got you so upset.

Okay, you can tell me about it later.

Let me in! Pat!

Pat! Pat!

Help me! Help me!

There's a murderer!

Help me! Help!

There's a murderer!

Help me! Help!

No! No! No!

Help me!


There's a murderer!


Good morning. Good morning, Daniel.

Good morning, miss Tanner.

-Good morning. May I help you?

-Yes, I'm Suzy Bannion.

We expected you yesterday evening.

You wrote us that--

Right. I did arrive

last night about 10:00.

But the door was locked,

and somebody on the call box...

Said they didn't know who

I was and couldn't let me in.

-Who said that to you?

-I don't know. She didn't say her name.

I'm so sorry. At any rate,

Now you're here among us,

So welcome to our academy. I'm miss

Tanner, one of the instructors.

Nice to meet you.

Come along. I'd like to

introduce you to madame Blanc,

Our vice directress.

She was a very famous ballerina.

-Madame Blanc?


Suzy Bannion, our new student.

Oh, yes.

-Excuse me, gentlemen.

-Of course, madame.

You're pretty. Very pretty

indeed. They're policemen.

I knew a woman called Bannion years

ago in New York. Carol Bannion.

-She's my aunt.

-Good! She's a marvelous woman,

A friend and benefactress

of artists everywhere.

I'm delighted to have her niece here.

Well, I offer our academy's official

welcome in the name of our directress,

Who unfortunately is not

here at the moment.

-She's traveling abroad.

-Thank you.

Albert, please wait for me upstairs.

He's my nephew. I'm very attached to him.

I must tell you what I

have to say very quickly...

Because those gentlemen

are waiting for me.

Something terrible, truly

horrible, has happened.

One of our students, Pat Hingle, who was

expelled just yesterday for improper conduct,

Was murdered last night by some

madman. It's a frightening story.

But I always warn our students,

Don't I, miss Tanner?

I tell them to be careful, not to get

involved with questionable friendships.

What I wanted to tell you was that

your room here isn't free yet.

-Just a slight hitch.

-Yes, but don't worry.

We've found you a place to stay with one of

our third-year students who lives in town.

You'll have to pay 50 of your

American dollars a week,

But it's a good price, and you can

deduct it from your fee here.

Now I entrust you to the care of miss Tanner,

one of our veteran teachers here.

Don't be upset if she seems a little

stern or surly. It's only her manner.

She's even that way with me.

She really is an invaluable teacher.

-Come with me.

-And now, gentlemen--

As you know, our courses last three years,

And you must pass an exam

at the end of each year.

So, the girl left the school

About 11:
00 in the evening?

-That's my information.

-Excuse me.

When I got here last night about 11:00,

I saw a girl leaving the school.

She's a new student. She just

arrived. What did she look like?

Well, she had blonde hair and

was wearing a brown raincoat.

-What did she do?

-I don't know. I only saw her

for a minute in a storm.

So you see? It really was 11:00.


We don't teach you how to dance here,

because we presume our students already know how.

This is an established academy

dedicated to specializing.

This is Pavlos, our general handyman.

He's really ugly, isn't he?

don't be afraid to say so.

He can't understand you, anyway.

He speaks only Romanian.

You see that gorgeous smile? He's been very

handsome ever since he got those false teeth.

Last year, he discovered He

had gingivitis of the gums,

So he had all his teeth pulled.

The top row one morning.

The bottom row a day later.


-Where are we going?

-To the locker room.

We also have a swimming pool,

which you can use when you want.

Miss Tanner. I have something to tell you.

-Squawk, squawk. Polly parrot.

-Who said that? Shut up.

That's enough of these little

games for the moment.

I want to introduce Suzy Bannion, our new student.

You'll find several fellow Americans

among these girls--Miriam, for one.



-Your locker's over there.

You'll find everything in there except shoes.

For today, you can borrow shoes

from someone who has two pairs.

Hurry up, everybody. I'll be waiting

for all of you in the red room.

Come with me.

Mata Hari is going to file her report.

My name is Olga, and you're my tenant.

Oh, hi. Nice to meet you.

They tell me you have to give me $50 a week.


-In advance.

Well, don't worry. If you think I'm not--Oh--

Don't get hot under the collar.

That's how people are here.

Uh, can anybody lend me a pair of shoes?

-Yes. Me.

-Oh, thank you.

If you want to buy them, I can make

you a nice price. Fifteen marks.

Oh, no, thanks. I already have some in my suitcase.

I just need a pair for today.

But if you'd rather not--

No. Okay. Go ahead. Take them.

-But, uh, Give them back, hmm?

-Of course.

Oh, excuse me.

I'm sorry.

Oh, it's okay. It doesn't matter.

Did they shake you up with all

that talk about money?

Well, I'm not exactly used to it.

Same with me at first.

Then I found out it's a

charming habit around here.

I once read that names...

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Dario Argento

Dario Argento (Italian: [ˈdaːrjo arˈdʒɛnto]; born 7 September 1940) is an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his work in the horror film genre, particularly in the subgenre known as giallo, and for his influence on modern horror movies. more…

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