Missed Classics: Suspiria (1977)

“The only thing more terrifying than the last twelve minutes of Suspiria… are the first ninety-two.”

In the first of our occasional strand of ‘Missed Classics’ – episodes focusing on a milestone work of horror cinema or TV that one or more of the hosts has just never got around to watching – we are devoting an episode to discussing Dario Argento’s seminal 1977 Italian shocker, Suspiria.

Dan had never seen the film before watching it for this podcast, but Kirsty and Stella, with their academic background, are more familiar with it.  The three spend the bulk of the episode discussing Suspiria’s unique stylisation, its story and themes and its place within the horror genre.

It’s also Stella’s first time ‘live’ on the podcast, interacting directly with Kirsty and Dan, so the trio take a few minutes to compare their horror favourites, as well as pick a few recommendations of quality horror currently available to stream in the UK.

All soundtrack clips are used for the purposes of criticism, in the spirit of Fair Dealing (UK law) and Fair Use (US law).  No copyright infringement is intended.

Related links:

Steve Timms’ Suspiria retrospective from Storgy Magazine (our thanks to the author for allowing us to refer to this)

Thomas de Quincey’s Suspiria de Profundis at Project Gutenberg

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