21 Amazing Psychedelic Horror Films

Suspiria (1977)
Diabolique Magazine

There's nothing particularly psychedelic about the plot to Dario Argento's 1977 masterpiece. We follow an American ballet student who enters a mysterious German dance academy. Amid a rising tide of murder and paranoia, she learns the academy is just a cover for an ancient witch's coven.

That's all well and good, but it's "Suspiria's" look and sound that firmly place it in the realm of mind-bending horror. The film's vibrant color scheme (due to a three-strip Technicolor printing process) transports the viewer to an unsettling, unreal world where all the reds bleed with otherworldly menace, all while Goblin's legendary, ethereal soundtrack gives everything the air of dream.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.