Suspiria Filming Locations Guide: The new 2018 terror movie

Suspiria 2018 Location
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With the original Suspiria, Dario Argento created a visually powerful film of dancers and witches that soon became a cult horror movie. Set in the town of Freiburg in Germany, dark secrets awaited hidden behind the walls of a creepy Neo-Gothic school of saturated colors.

The new remake by director Luca Guadagnino is an art film, also populated almost completely by a female ensemble. Dakota Johnson (the star of Fifty Shades movie series) plays Susie, a young American dancer who joins the renowned Helena Markos Dance Company, in the grey and divided Berlin of 1977.

Location is also a crucial part of this new Suspiria, filmed in Berlin and in a semi-abandoned hotel on a mountaintop in the north of Italy. We tried to keep spoilers out in this report about the most relevant filming locations:

Suspiria Location
Cast and crew took over the forgotten Grand Hotel Campo dei Fiori (Field of Flowers), over the city of Varese in Lombardy, doubling as the sinister dancing school.
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Where is Suspiria set
Most of the film was shot on location inside the hotel. Some of the original Art Nouveau style decorations of the ballroom were covered up to give it a more austere appearance. Image courtesy of Amazon Studios and Google Maps


The old hotel used as dance school
On the top, a vintage postcard of the glamorous hotel from the side facing the valley. The dancing room is located in the small central wing of the resort. The chamber where the final sabbath ritual takes place is the space under the dancing room, the area of the balcony covered with fake walls. Below, an image from Google Earth with the current state of the edifice. Since its closure in 1968, the only use of the building was as a support for antennas on the rooftop. This somehow saved the structure from abandonment and vandalism, as the facilities required some maintenance and the presence of a guard.


Suspiria school location
The entrance hall of the hotel with marble decorations, is facing a fake portion of the Berlin Wall erected for the movie. The building was a colossal project designed in 1908 by Giuseppe Sommaruga, connected to the city of Varese by a funicular. Like the Curon Hotel featured in the Netflix series, this edifice is also a remnant of the end of the 19th-century Grand Hotels, once the favourite holiday destination of the European elites.


The Where was Suspiria filmed tunnel in Italy
The production was filmed in the Second World War air-raid shelter under the Estensi Gardens, located also in Varese. Image courtesy of Wild Therapy - Google Maps

Filming Locations of Suspiria in Berlin, Germany

Students and teachers restaurant dinner in Berlin
The scene in the restaurant was filmed in the Paris Bar in Berlin. The city has plenty of awesome great places for filming, featuring also the Dark location of the hit Netflix series. Image courtesy of P Monaghan and Amazon Studios - Map


Palace of Tears and Subway station sequence
Klemperer crosses between East and West going through the Tränenpalast or 'the Palace of Tears' in Mitte. According to this report of the American Society of Cinematographers, the interiors and the police station were filmed in an abandoned GDR office building also in Mitte. Klemperer’s dacha and the Ohio Mennonite farm were filmed in the outskirts of Berlin. Pictured below, the Plänterwald S-Bahn station where the old man has an unexpected surprise. Image courtesy of Amazon Studios - Tränenpalast Map


Suspiria in central Berlin
On his way through East Berlin, Klemperer goes by the 1960s-era conference center Cafe Moskau near Alexanderplatz (Karl-Marx-Allee 34), decorated with a soviet mosaic. Image courtesy of Amazon Studios and Google Maps


Café Achteck snow
There is a short scene after Patricia visits Klemperer featuring an iconic green public toilet (nicknamed Café Achteck), located in Berlin Moabit. The cafe in Tiergarten was shot in a space adapted for filming in Charlottenburg. Image courtesy of Amazon Studios


Suspiria drehort
Suspiria's excellent cinematography has much in common with the witch from Elden, France (Marianne series).

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