Day 21 of the NOFS podcast 31-day horror challenge is killer soundtrack. My first thought was Freddy vs Jason, but since I have already covered it I knew that I was going to choose something else. I ended up choosing Suspiria for two reasons. The first reason is because of the score from Goblin just being breathtaking. The second reason was because it gave me a reason to watch my 4K transfer from Synapse Films. I now will only watch the 4K transfer because holy hot damn is it beautiful. I knew it would look great but I wasn’t expecting it to be that amazing.
Suspiria was directed by Dario Argento. It was written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi. It was based on Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey. This was the first of the Three Mothers trilogy from Argento. This is based around Mater Suspiriorum or Mother of Sighs. It would take Argento 30 years to finish his trilogy.
It stars Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miquel Bosé, Barbara Magnolfi, Susanna Javicoli, Eva Axén, Alida Valli, and Joan Bennett. This is like other Italian films from the time, which is all of the actors have their dialogue dubbed. Some with the actors dubbing their own dialogue with others having others doing it. Alida Valli is the most terrifying person in the movie. Her big toothy smile is incredibly unnerving and intimidating.
The plot of Suspiria centers on Suzy Bannion as she gets to the German dance academy Tanz Dance Akademie. The night she arrives there is a thunderstorm. When she arrives at the school she runs into another student who leaves in a daze. Suzie is turned away but returns the next morning and is taken in. Secrets are revealed as the movie goes along.
The score for Suspiria is one of the most lasting influences of the film. Goblin’s score, especially the main theme, leaves a haunting mark on the listener. The color used throughout is breathtaking, especially with the transfer that I have. The transfer doesn’t make the limited effects look terrible. One shot looks a little goofy, but it only last a second if that.
Suspiria is a classic for a great many reasons. If somehow you haven’t seen it I implore you to. I recommend the 4K transfer if you’re able to. I will give Suspiria 10 stained-glass windows out of 10.