Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The Director: Dario Argento
The Cast: Jessica Harper, Udo Kier, Joan Bennett
Release Date: August 12, 1977
Recently, a blog I loved asked horror fans to give a list of their 20 favorite horror movies, thankfully in no particular order. When I compiled my list, using many tactical measures, I could not, for the life of me, get under 21 movies. Obviously, 21 > 20, so I had to cut something from the list and, in the heat of the moment when I started thinking that tons of people would pick it and I wanted to get one of my less known favorites on the list, I cut Suspiria from the list. I'm not proud of it, but it happened.
The thing is, it's easy to underestimate Dario Argento's masterpiece, which is one of the most beautiful nightmares ever filmed, because the plot is just so darn odd. But that's not the point. On a visceral level, I can think of only a select few horror films that are as gripping as Suspiria. Definitely not 20. I shame me.
My point, I guess, is that you should see Suspiria. It's awesome. (And, if you want to see what that list of 20 looked like, you should check out my friendly blog on Halloween!)