31 Days of Horror – Day 30!

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I’m starting to get into Giallo horror. For those that aren’t aware, Giallo is a film movement featuring movies that are usually murder mysteries with slasher elements, and sometimes supernatural aspects. They’re melodramatic, and usually shot with a very specific, over-stylized cinematography. And in the case of Argento, usually pretty psychedelic use of color.

Suspiria (1977)
Directed by Dario Argento
Written by Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi

Suspiria is Dario Argento’s most famous, and probably most well-liked film. It is the story of an American girl who goes away to a prestigious ballet school in Germany. Before she arrives, a girl from the school is murdered by a mysterious person who isn’t seen save for a very hairy arm. As the movie continues, bizarre things begin to happen at the school, and our heroine endeavors to find out exactly what is going on and why girls keep disappearing.

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This is the first film in Dario Argento’s “Three Mothers” trilogy. The second film is Inferno and the third is The Mother of Tears. This is my first Argento movie, although I was planning on trying to watch Deep Red last year, but couldn’t make time. Anyway, this is a great movie. It’s not entirely what I expected though. The story itself is a little abstract, and this is a HIGHLY visual movie. These visuals are fantastic. From the cool cinematography to the super bright red blood, this movie is fantastic to look at. The colors are amazing.

The plot itself is good, but somewhat basic. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It tells a fun, entertaining story with some cool twists. The best thing about the plot is how visually the story is told (I know, visuals visuals visuals). There’s good dialogue, but there’s so much to see that helps you understand the whole plot. The climax of the movie actually features little-to-no dialogue at all, but a lot happens. It’s a really cool way to tell a story.

Anyway, that’s it for my first Argento movie. I’ll definitely be watching more of his work in the future.

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