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Suspiria [Apr. 13th, 2004|12:30 pm]
Suspiria is a highly-regarded horror film from Dario Argento.</i> It's worth a look-see.

I found the Anchor Bay edition.



Dario Argento is one of the greats of Italian cinema.

Suspiria is somewhat slow, but ultimately is a must-see for the sheer beauty of the images. My Anchor Bay edition captured a really good print of the film, and the sound is optimized for Dolby Digital as well as THX systems.

The sounds of Suspiria are quite rich, and while the theme is often used through the film, I wasn't irritated. There were more than one variation of the musical pieces throughout the film. In terms of theme-music-jingle, Suspiria's fluttering progression of notes ranks up there with Halloween's more midi-electronic theme.

Jessica Harper plays Suzy Bannion, an American dance student who travels to Europe to attend a famous dance school. She encounters rather bizarre events that take place immediately after she arrives. Strange murders and disappearances continue, and Suzy stumbles upon the school's dark history.

The sounds and the images of the school's interior are probably part of the treat to watch this film. Argento did some great work with lighting in the film . . . Some scenes are rather dark, but the work done makes for added suspense.

The story itself is a bit of the cheese-factor. Suzy and the dance students have rather ridiculous lines, but the audience can forgive the slow pace and the strange dialogue for the sheer beauty of the images and the rich sound . . . there's a pretty good payoff of terror as the film winds to the end.

I liked it. I wouldn't want to own Suspiria, but it kept me interested enough to write enough good things about it.

What's interesting to note is that in the theme music, the "Whhhhh-it-ch-ch-ch-ch" sounds suspiciously similar to what the Friday the 13th series attempted with it's whispering echo trademark.

Being that Suspiria released in 1977, I'd say those that made the sounds for Friday the 13th may have been influenced.

[User Picture]From: renazle_dazzle
2004-04-13 01:37 pm (UTC)

He wrote "Dawn of the dead" (1978 version)

I have yet to see Suspiria. It sounds like something I would like.
you should check out "Little otik" (otensanek)
It is pretty cool.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-13 01:40 pm (UTC)

Re: He wrote "Dawn of the dead" (1978 version)

You mean this one?


You provide pretty good suggestions!

Thanks for the tip . . . I tried finding this one film . . . The Wicker Man . . . and Blockbuster didn't have it.

If it becomes necessary, I'm going to have to get my own Netflix, even though I hate having per-month bills.
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From: pernod
2004-04-13 01:57 pm (UTC)
it was a pretty good movie, even though i saw it all cut up on Sci-Fi. the first murder was way weird.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-13 02:01 pm (UTC)
What temporarily threw me into dismay with the film was the first murder . . .

It would have been better if Argento used a better substitute for blood.

In a home-spun movie that helped my friend Brad into USC, we used the dark Karo syrup, which actually looks a lot better than the red-acrylic that appeared as blood in Suspiria.
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From: pernod
2004-04-13 02:25 pm (UTC)
his colors were so weird in that movie, i just figured that he was going for something.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-13 03:49 pm (UTC)
I really liked the lighting effects with the red and the green . . . of course, the school's interior itself shows off quite a bit of color and detail.

I kept thinking to myself, you know, after the whole wormy incident, I'd consider checking into a motel and leaving. Finding any other school would have been better . . .
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[User Picture]From: hexhive99
2004-04-13 03:05 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen that one yet. I'll have to check into it. I always like a good horror flick.

Hope you had fun over the holiday weekend. :)
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-13 03:13 pm (UTC)
I sure did have fun over the weekend! I hope you did too. :D

I grew up with horror and sci-fi films. They were more my cup of tea than Disney.
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[User Picture]From: hexhive99
2004-04-13 03:21 pm (UTC)
Me too...

I never cared for that talking mouse and his friends. In fact I find it a bit disturbing when adults wear clothing with Disney stuff.

I do how ever like anime like ninja scroll, hellsing, etc...
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-13 03:34 pm (UTC)
And spooky eyes?
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[User Picture]From: kerrykate
2004-04-13 06:56 pm (UTC)
That picture is freaking me out! I cant stop laughing is that you left alone with a scanner? genius my friend. I must check the film out... been hearing bout it for years
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-13 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yes. This is the result of being left to myself with a scanner.

It's just like the old photography, where you have to hold still . . . .jpg format works best with scanner pics. You have to get real close to the glass.

If anyone has long hair, they'd probably want to secure it. Also, it's a good idea to make sure your mouth is free from saliva. I drooled on one of the takes.

The possibilities are endless with a scanner. As someone said, who needs a digital camera with one of these things?

The local Blockbusters around here carry Suspiria. I could never find it back home. Also, there's one of them on Western that has Near Dark, and I pulled that one home for a rental.
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[User Picture]From: apollocelsius
2004-04-14 03:43 am (UTC)
Suspiria is a classic. I think Suspiria and Deep Red are his masterpieces.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-14 08:27 am (UTC)
If the pieces of horror are anything like Suspiria, I'll remember to put it on the list of things to see.

Argento's one of those guys that influenced the straight-slasher makers. If you go out to see a film like Jeepers Creepers (never saw this example), it probably has Argento's style somewhat incorporated.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-14 03:43 pm (UTC)
By style, I mean less color, but more violence-focus, good sound, lesser-plot.
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