Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
(Welcome to the /Film Movie Club, a new semi-regular feature where we delve into some of our favorite movies, focusing on films that lie a little off the beaten path. Today: Dario Argento’s Suspiria.)
Some movies benefit from being watched at a particular time, in a particular place, while you are in a particular mood. Suspiria, Dario Argento‘s 1977 horror masterpiece, is a gripping and unsettling experience in any context, but it practically demands to be watched in the dark, on the biggest screen you can access, with the sound cranked up as high as you can bear. Oh, it it helps if you start watching if after midnight, so you’re just tired enough to wonder if you’re actually seeing what you think you’re seeing.
That last part isn’t necessary, but when I recently settled in for a late night repertory screening of Suspiria, I found myself instantly battling fatigue. The result: one of the most memorable movie-watching experiences of my life, where Argento’s film merged with my susceptible, dreary consciousness to create the ultimate experience of inhabiting a bad dream. But even without that extra help Suspiria plays like a nightmare – logic plays second fiddle to a world where bad things happen to good people for reasons that are intentionally vague and maddening. You can’t argue with the visions of an uneasy sleep.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
For four years now, David Gordon Green has been working on a remake of Dario Argento‘s 1977 horror classic Suspiria. For a while the movie looked to be coming together for a 2010 start, but it wasn’t until summer 2010 that Argento finally turned over the rights, so Green’s project got off schedule. Green never gave up, though, and as of last spring had written a new draft of the script and secured the rights to the original’s score from Goblin. And now all that work is about to pay off, as the pieces are falling into place to start production this fall. More after the jump.
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A few people pointed me to the trailer for Dario Argento‘s Dracula 3D this morning, and when I finally got around to watching it I was overcome with that mixture of mirth and sadness that is specific to watching a director really tumble downhill. Dario Argento has made movies that I truly love (Suspiria, Cat O’Nine Tails, and others) but in his later years hasn’t been able to deliver a picture that even counts as a pale shadow of his best work.
Now he is in post-production on Dracula 3D, a film that seems to do exactly what the title implies, only with some of the most flat and lifeless filmmaking I’ve seen since the heyday of Full Moon Entertainment. The effects in this trailer — a trailer which is meant to find distribution, not an audience — are unfinished, and that’s fine. I don’t mind the fact that the giant praying mantis is crudely rendered at this point. On the other hand, what is a giant praying mantis doing in a Dracula movie? Ahem.
Check it out below. NSFW due to a couple shots of a naked woman. And also due to general sadness. Read More »
Though we’ve heard little about it in the past year, David Gordon Green‘s plans to remake Dario Argento‘s landmark horror/thriller Suspiria have not died. Much to the contrary. He has a new draft of the script written, and wants to make it his next film. And while he plans to change some elements of the story, in recent interviews he says he is planning a very faithful adaptation. He’s even got the rights to the original film’s chilling, screeching score from Italian band Goblin, and will use the music in his version. Read More »
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What a great turn of events if Hobo With a Shotgun proved to be a career resuscitation for Rutger Hauer. Though he has worked steadily for the last few years, his last really high-profile roles were in 2005, in Sin City and Batman Begins. But Hobo With a Shotgun gave him some new life at festivals, and he had a notable role in The Rite. Now the latest film to bring him into the fold is Dario Argento‘s Dracula 3D, in which the actor will reportedly play Van Helsing. Read More »
What’s going on with David Gordon Green‘s proposed remake of the Dario Argento horror classic Suspiria? We first heard about the film almost two years ago, and there were rumors not long ago that the film would shoot this year. But we haven’t heard much about the remake since people hit Green with questions while on the set of his latest film Your Highness.
Turns out the holdup may have been with Argento, who held the rights to his original film. Read More »
George Romero and Dario Argento go way back. Argento helped Romero finance Dawn of the Dead in exchange for international distribution rights. Argento cut his own version of the film for various European markets, changing it quite a bit in the process, which led to Romero saying that Argento never really understood the film. The two later directed halves of the film Two Evil Eyes.
Now Romero might return the Dawn of the Dead recut ‘favor’ in an oblique sort of way — he’s remaking Argento’s Deep Red (aka The Hatchet Murders, aka Profundo Rosso) in 3D. Read More »
The Argento family is having a busy week. From the Cannes marketplace, there is news that Dario Argento will make a new, ‘faithful’ take on Dracula, in 3D. And then his daughter Asia Argento, who had sworn off screenwriting after The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, is back with a new film called A Hunting Gun, which she is writing with husband Michele Civetta and Japanese author Yasushi Inoue. Read More »
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Tacked to the end of an unrelated story in the trades is first word that David Gordon Green‘s remake of Suspiria will begin shooting next year. This consciousness-altering bit of movie news was discovered by The Playlist. Curtsy. Green, who has managed to maintain his indie cred (Snow Angels) and establish box office pull and mainstream cachet (Pineapple Express), is currently in Ireland helming the Danny McBride stoner fantasia Your Highness for Universal. Last summer, I covered a rumor that Natalie Portman was cast as the lead in his Suspiria flick; as with today there was never a solid follow-up. However, Portman was later cast as the warrior princess/McBride’s unlikely love interest in Your Highness and previously expressed interest in the role.
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The third day of the Film 4 Frightfest has come to a blood-soaked close and I’ve made it back safely to camp. From where I’m sitting now (slouched, in fact, and really quite exhausted from all of this sitting in the dark) this year’s Frightfest is already one of the two or three best yet, and Frightfest itself has bloomed into the single most exciting genre fest in the UK. Come along next August and join in, I could use some folks to lunch with.
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