“Suspiria” and the horror of being disbelieved

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With a splash of high concept art, director Luca Guadagnino updates this Italian horror classic in spectacular style.

Whether we choose to notice the clues that reality gives us is of no consequence to the terrifying truth.

In 1977, Italian filmmaker Dario Argento launched a 98 minute long kaleidoscopic art-horror trip upon unsuspecting cinemagoers. “Suspiria” was quite unlike the genre counterparts of its time: Brian De Palma’s “Carrie” (1976), William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist” (1973), or Richard Donner’s “The Omen” (1976). Among the many differences: while those films all had their roots planted firmly in “our world”, Argento’s film transported its viewers to a place confusingly colourful yet oddly terrifying. Officially, it’s the German city of Freiburg, but the visual cues tell us we’re “somewhere else”.  Continue reading ““Suspiria” and the horror of being disbelieved”