Suspiria – 4K Restoration



Dario Argento’s 1977 groundbreaking and influential horror extravaganza Suspiria is back on the big screen (a blu-Ray is also on the way), thanks to an unbelievably gorgeous 4K restoration by those guys at Synapse Films. The restoration team benefited from supervision and approval by the film’s cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, starting work (three years ago) from the original uncut 35mm Italian camera negative. They were able to recover the originally intended 4.0 surround sound mix,  so Goblin’s legendary score will haunt you with more efficiency…

Previous transfers of Suspiria had either tons of missing elements or recreated the lower quality Eastman process of film transfer. From now on, with this impressive release, we get pristine technicolor treatment, intended colors you’ve never seen. It is Christmas before time for aficionados and even for film buffs who are not necessarily fans of the genre. Suspiria benefits from the same kind of royal treatment Visconti’s Il Gattopardo got a few years back.

This is one major theatrical re-release, not to be missed if you love films.


*** For Montrealers, Cinema du Parc is showing Suspiria 4K from December 1-7 in a special engagement.  — Rest of the World, check your local listings.

Synapse official Blu-Ray Release : December 31st 2017



Atypical Serial killer Movies # 5


5 – Hangover Square ( John Brahm, US, 1945)


In early 20th century London, a stressed out composer, the subject of terrible black outs, meets a minor cabaret singer who takes advantage of him, while a series of mysterious murders occur.

Sometime It’s about climax and John Brahm does it well all along and even more during the final showcase which involves a chilling concerto by the musician turn killer (Laird Cregar in his last role before passing away at only 30). The whole setup plays on ‘incidental’ music owing much to Bernard Herrmann (of Hitchcock fame) writing skills. Exquisitely shot in glorious Black & White by Noir veteran Joseph La Shelle. This is pure Candy.

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Atypical Serial killer Movies # 11


11 – The twisted nerve (Roy Boulting. UK, 1971)


A troubled young man with the mind of a child is obsessed by a beautiful librarian in this carefully crafted shocker.

The Boulting Brothers were mainly associated with comedy efforts but they ventured from time to time into the thriller world. Great Art direction lifts the story into a childlike world. The main music theme, by Hitchcock’s most trusted composer, Bernard Herrmann, is highly effective by playing the contrasts between suspenseful and childish elements. Patrons will recognize Herrmann’s whistled theme as Quentin Tarantino borrowed it for Kill Bill: Vol 1.

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Atypical Serial killer Movies # 13


# 13 – Chi l’ha vista morire? / Who saw her die? (Aldo Lado, Italy, 1972)


A sculptor, who’s daughter was brutally murdered by a serial killer leads his own inquiry.

A fine example of the Italian Gialli genre (a mix of horror and investigation film). Preceding by a year the similar and much more favored (at least by critics) Don’t look now, this thriller is simply better than Roeg’s film. The bone chilling music, a sinister children choral work is top 25 All-time Morricone. You also get, one time-James Bond, George Lazenby as the lead, supported by Stindberg and adolfo Celi, as well as beautifully shot city of Venice for its Background to action. Beautiful and Creepy.

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