Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 304: Wed Oct 31

Suspiria (Argento, 1976): Phoenix Cinema, 9pm
Halloween is one of the best nights of the year for movie-going. You can read about all the great films on in the capital tonight here at the Scala Beyond website but Dario Argento's flick is my pick.

Time Out review:
'From his stylish, atmosphere-laden opening - young American ballet student arriving in Europe during a storm - Argento relentlessly assaults his audience: his own rock score (all dissonance and heavy-breathing) blasts out in stereo, while Jessica Harper gets threatened by location, cast, weather and camera. Thunderstorms and extraordinarily grotesque murders pile up as Argento happily abandons plot mechanics to provide a bravura display of his technical skill. With his sharp eye for the bizarre and for vulgar over-decoration, it's always fascinating to watch; the thrills and spills are so classy and fast that the movie becomes in effect what horror movies seemed like when you were too young to get in to see them. Don't think, just panic.'

If you want to read a longer discussion of the film's merits I can certainly recommend this essay by Tribune critic Neil Young.  

Here is the trailer.

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