FILMS… Cinematic Catharsis’ Suspiria (1977) PReview


A 2 RQCs Guest Reviews A Horror…


Joining us for a spooky new theme for October, we have a  review of Suspiria (1977) from Cinematic Catharsis for our Horror theme.



Welcome to our new theme for October, with our new theme, Horror… pure and at its scariest. And who better to start these posts than our guest from Cinematic Catharsis who is reviewing the preview for Suspiria (1977).

Cinematic Catharsis joined me this year with his take on Five Easy Pieces (1970) for my blogathon Here’s Jack celebrating Jack Nicholson’s 80th Birthday. Here answering that question that had haunted me this year… of which movies I’d seen Nicholson’s co-star Karen Black in before I watched Burnt Offerings (1976)?


A wee introduction to Cinematic Catharsis in his own words…

Barry is in his own words the “Proprietor of the eclectic and marginally coherent film blog Cinematic Catharsis”. With his wee introduction to him and his blog as “Barry P. runs the eclectic movie blog Cinematic Catharsis, focusing on the little films that slipped through the cracks, with an emphasis on genre titles. Some regular features include classic spotlights, capsule reviews and overlooked gems.”  

And if you want to read more of his reviews CLICK HERE and HERE if you want to follow him on Twitter.


Now onto his lovely review…


Trailer Take: Suspiria


“The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of Suspiria are the first 92.”

– voiceover from Suspiria trailer

I’d like to extend a great big thanks to Gill Jacob for inviting me to do a guest post for her blog Realweegiemidget Reviews.  I’m honored to participate, and I hope I don’t adversely affect Ms. Jacob’s readership. In addition to the aforementioned web site, be sure to visit the flipside of Realweegiemidget Reviews, Thoughts All SortsTwitter-inclined folks can stay up to date by following Gill and Company at @2ReelQuirkyCats, @Thoughtsallsort, and @realweegiemidge.
I’ve reviewed quite a few movies over the past seven years, but never tackled the previews that advertised them. As an experiment of sorts, I present for your perusal, a look at the trailer for Dario Argento’s mind-blowing horror film, Suspiria.
A movie trailer, at least a good one, is supposed to pique the potential audience’s interest and get them revved up for the movie. This is especially difficult for horror. In three minutes or sometimes significantly less, the trailer needs to capture the viewer’s attention, getting the heart pumping with memorable images or scenes. One thing that sets Suspiria apart is that the opening part of the trailer doesn’t contain a scene from the film.
It’s this opening sequence that took me by surprise as a little kid innocently watching the small TV alone, in my parent’s room (where I cut my teeth on quite a few movies and classic TV shows). The commercial (which turned out to be an abridged version of the trailer, but I’m not splitting hairs), seemed innocuous enough, with a lady, her back turned to the camera, combing her hair and getting spruced up, presumably for a date, “roses are red, violets are blue…” And then – holy crap (I’ll say no more)! Looking back, 40 years later, it all seems quite tame, but as an impressionable nine-year-old, it floored me. For years, I never made the connection with the film. Only that opening portion of the trailer remained embedded in my gray matter.
What the heck is Suspiria anyway? I have no idea, but it sure sounds good. The trailer has it all. It hooks you from the first shot, lulling you into a false sense of security, and then pow! Almost immediately, you’re asking, “What’s this movie about, and where’s it taking me?” The initial shock is followed by a pastiche of scenes from the movie, and those glowing, disembodied eyes – Yikes! Well, if this doesn’t get you in the mood to see this, I don’t know what will. The trailer works its magic, promising stylish scares, and the movie delivers the goods.
Need more convincing? Here’s the trailer in all its glory:

Shameless Plug: This trailer review is all fine and dandy, but what did I think of the movie? Well, I’m glad you asked, because I reviewed the film several years back, and you can read it here.  
Just remember: “You can run from Suspiria… You can hide from Suspiria… but you can’t escape Suspiria.”
A big thanks to the lovely Barry for allowing us to add his post, which was copied in full with no alterations. If you are a blogger and would like to be featured here as a Guest Post, please drop a line to me via my Contact Page. In your email add your blog, choice of preview and the topic choice. Also write to me individually, if you would like me personally to review your book, TV Programme or movie.



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