This Tuesday, August 2, horror fans will convene in the Scarecrow Video screening room for another addition of SHRIEK Women of Horror, featuring Dario Argento‘s Italian classic Suspiria (1977).
It’s a dark and stormy night when Suspiria begins, as the star Jessica Harper makes her way to a sinister ballet academy, with strange lighting on all sides and an insane, droning score by Goblin to lead her along. The mystery deepens when the academy’s students suffer a series of tragic and iconic deaths, leading to the film’s bizarre, nightmare-inspired conclusion.
A lot of elements make this movie particularly creepy: Argento wrote the script with 12-year-old dancers in mind and the color palette is inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In the American version, the dubbed dialogue is disorienting in its own way.
If you haven’t yet seen the film, there isn’t a better time or place than now. 2017 marks the film’s 30th anniversary, just in time for a remake by Italian director Luca Guadagnino, starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Fanning. You’ll want to see the original before you catch the remake, so you know whether or not to be annoyed.
Evan J. Peterson and Heather Marie Bartells will screen and discuss the film, beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for moviegoers 17 years and older.
SHRIEK Women of Horror: Suspiria
When: Tuesday, August 2, 7pm
Where: Scarecrow Video (5030 Roosevelt Way NE)