Thursday, July 28, 2011

30 Day Film Challenge: Day 26: Your Favorite Horror Film

Day 26: Your Favorite Horror Film: Suspiria (1977)

The first time I saw Suspiria, I remember being a tad disappointed.  See, I'd been looking for a gore film, or, at least, something that might actually manage to scare me.  I didn't find it here, and consequently chalked the whole thing up as a little overrated.  Somehow, though, I found myself giving Dario Argento's film another shot.  The second time I saw Suspiria I found something haunting instead of overtly "scary."  What's more, I'd forgotten how beautiful the film's set pieces and colors truly are.  Suspiria is something of a horror fairy tale.  It's a girl in a strange and enchanted land, a place that should be a dream but is instead corrupted and turned black (or in this case: bright reds, yellows, blues, greens, and pinks) by a darker element.  It's entrancing and, if it does frighten, it does so perhaps in part because it disarms.  Of course, I have other favorites in this genre (one I've come to have a great appreciation for).  For more, page back through the Love & Squalor '31 Days of Halloween' feature by clicking the lipstick bloodied head below...


  1. One of my absolute favorite films. The overall mood, the colors, the music, and of course that inappropriately beautiful murder scene.

  2. Inappropriately beautiful may be the most appropriate way of describing it. Sort of like, well, all of Antichrist.


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