My favorite thing to do is to make recommendations. If I could give everyone in the world my phone number and have them text me whenever they needed something specific (a date night restaurant in D.C., a Czech new wave film for a casual Saturday night in). I would do it. While I love talking about food and art and fashion and music and anything else under the umbrella of pop culture, I really excel at talking about horror movies. I should have a PhD in talking about horror movies. So I’m putting my knowledge to good use and recommending at least one horror movie a day throughout the month of October. Grab my hand and let me be your guide through some spooky cinema.
THE MOVIE: Suspiria (2018)
THE STREAMING SERVICE: Amazon Prime Video
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: The original Suspiria is known for its bright colors, witchy atmosphere and killer score by the metal band Goblin. Directed by Dario Argento in 1977, Suspiria is without a doubt the most well known giallo film, an Italian horror subgenre famous for its bright (almost unnerving) colors, pyschosexual themes and sumptious visuals. If you’re bored with the autumnal color palettes of most American horror films, throw on something by Argento or Mario Bava and let their keen eye for style take you away.
Luca Guadagnino’s (Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash) 2018 reimagining of Suspiria feels just as luxurious and off-kilter as Argento’s Suspiria, but it strips the film of color, instead opting for funeral-like greys and browns. Set in a cold, dark and constantly raining Berlin circa 1977, the feelings of isolation and obsession in this film are affecting. They seep off of the screen and keep you buckled in for the incredibly wild ride. If you enjoyed luscious and striking horror films like The VVitch and Midsommar, you’re going to fall in love with this film. Also, Tilda Swinton plays three different characters. Try to guess them all.
I’VE ALREADY SEEN THAT MOVIE, PLEASE SIR CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?: Since we’re already talking about giallo, let’s dig into some more delicious Italian films! My favorite Argento film (Suspiria is a close second) is Opera, which involves a serial killer stalking an opera singer while they slash their way through the cast and crew. You can watch that baby free (with ads) on Tubi. You could also take a dive into Bava’s brain and check out Blood and Black Lace which is streaming on Amazon Prime. Welcome to your new favorite subgenre.