Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 230: Tue Aug 19

Suspiria (Argento, 1977): Union Chapel, Upper Street, Islington, 7pm

As part of this year’s Film4 FrightFest, prog-rock ensemble Goblin are to perform their original scores for George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and Dario Argento’s Suspiria at two special screenings in London. Led by Brazilian-born Italian composer Claudio Simonetti, the four-piece will provide real-time accompaniment to the cult horror classics on August 18 and 19 at Union Chapel in Islington – follow the links for tickets to Dawn of the Dead and Suspiria.

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.

Here (and above) is the celebrated opening to the film.

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