September 7th, 2013: Suspiria (1977)

suspiria

Cast and Crew: Daria Nicoldi (Co-Writer); Claudio Argento (Producer); Udo Kier, Alida Valli, Joan Bennett

What It’s About:  Suzy Banion (Jessica Harper), a new arrival at an exclusive German ballet school, experiences strange events while her fellow students and instructors are murdered in horrible ways.  Can she discover the school’s secret before it’s too late?

Why Watch it Today?:  Today is famed Italian horror filmmaker Dario Argento’s 73rd birthday.  Suspiria is one of Argento’s best, a surreal supernatural horror film and mystery that plays out like a beautifully terrifying fever dream, featuring a driving soundtrack from frequent collaborators Goblin.

Other Choices: Dario wrote and directed Deep Red; co-wrote Once Upon a Time in the West; and produced Demons

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