It's the Season of the Witch, so we're starting The Unenthusiastic Critic's 2018 Halloween Movie Marathon with Dario Argento's 1977 cult classic Suspiria.
First, we're having a brief discussion about Nakea's hatred of horror movies, and her pervasive fear that Candyman is lurking right behind her mirror.
Then—in anticipation of Luca Guadagnino's 2018 remake—we're sitting down for Nakea's first viewing of Argento's original Suspiria, to get her take on color-coded lighting, terrible dubbing, prog-rock scoring, barbed-wire storage, and other "witchy shit."
0:00: Theme Music: Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre"
0:26: Intro and Preliminary Discussion: Horror
9:56: Interlude: Scene from Suspiria
11:11: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion of Suspiria
17:24: Interlude: Original Trailer for Suspiria
18:31: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion of Suspiria
1:08:15: Outro and Next Week's Movies
Notes and Links
—Movie Reviewed: Suspiria (dir. Dario Argento, 20th Century Fox, 1977).
—Articles Mentioned and Resources: "The 50th Scariest Movies of All Time: 36. Suspiria," Jennifer Wood, Complex.com; "Playing with Genre: An introduction to the Italian Giallo," Gary Needham, KinoEye; "What the Hell Is a Giallo Movie, and Why Should You Watch One?," Cheryl Eddy, io9: Reviews by John Simon, New York Magazine; Janet Maslin, NY Times: Peter Sobczynski, rogerebert.com.
—The Unenthusiastic Critic's earlier Horror Movie Marathons are available (in prose form) at unaffiliatedcritic.com.
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—Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under CC BY 3.0.
—"Warm Duck Shuffle" by Arne Huseby is licensed under CC BY 3.0.