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Friday, November 23rd join us for a Hyland Cinema exclusive double feature of Italian giallo filmmaker Dario Argento's vivid horror masterpiece SUSPIRIA (1977) and Luca Guadagnino's 2018 remake of the same name starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.

Tickets for Suspiria (1977): $12
Tickets for Suspiria (2018): Regular Member/Non-Member rates apply

[Update: Suspiria (2018) will be playing for a full week after this showing, Suspiria (1977) will only be playing once.]


SUSPIRIA (1977) @ 7pm

From the moment she arrives in Freiberg, Germany, to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer Suzy Bannion senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution.

"Dario Argento is the last representative of Italy’s tenacious genre cinema—in his case, mannerist thrillers, known as gialli, and rhapsodic gore fests that might be called “surrealistico.” Confronted with Argento’s Suspiria when it opened here 32 years ago, New York magazine’s then film critic John Simon characterized it as “a horror movie that is a horror of a movie, where no one or nothing makes sense: not one plot element, psychological reaction, minor character, piece of dialogue, or ambience.” Basta!

Suspiria, which is being revived in all of its wide-screen, Technicolor splendor, is a movie that makes sense only to the eye (and even then . . .). A naïve young American student named Suzy (the preternaturally wide-eyed Jessica Harper) arrives in dankest Germany to—what else?—study ballet. Stepping out of the airport, she’s greeted with a sudden gust of wind and then torrential rain; arriving at the doorstep of the Dance Academy Freiburg, she’s nearly knocked over by a hysterical student who is shortly to be dispatched in a bit of horrific, stick-and-stab Grand Guignol set to a jangling, cackling, ear-splitting score by a band called Goblin.

Suzy does find the Dance Academy—a uniquely cheesy amalgam of deco-mod and secessionist-bordello design, with birth-canal corridors of velvety red—a bit disconcerting. There’s an undeniably Kafkaesque quality to the institution’s meaningless rule, obscure geography, and wildly unhelpful employees. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the place is a snake pit, plagued by yucky maggot slugs and administered by a pair of scary harridans: the ferociously smiling Alida Valli and ’40s noirista Joan Bennett, channeling Edie the Egg Lady, in her final big-screen appearance. (Not that the outside world—where yodeling lederhosers do the Klapstanz on tavern tables and a blind pianist is mauled by his own seeing-eye dog—is any improvement.) In any case, the students are being driven mad (and beyond) because, as Suzy eventually discovers, the teachers are witches.

In the splendid extended finale, Suzy stumbles on the coven’s black mass, among other terrifying secrets—including the undead founder hidden away in a secret chamber. The movie climaxes with a fantastic light show of lysergic apparitions and exploding chandeliers. A veteran of Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theater, the deadpan Harper puts her training to good use, gracefully eluding the attacking furniture and skillfully dodging the imploding set, as she flees—arms protectively crossed before her face—out into the night."

Courtesy - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

SUSPIRIA (2018) @ 9pm

In this remake of Dario Argento's 1977 Italian, horror masterpiece, a young ballet dancer travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover it is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of increasingly grisly murders.

"Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” is a coldly violent seance for the evils of the 20th century, none of which are quite as dead as we might have once hoped. Based on the screenplay of Dario Argento’s giallo classic, Guadagnino’s radical new take is less a remake of the original than it is an estranged sibling — the fraternal twin sister who recognized herself as the black sheep of an already twisted family, ran away from home to become a fascist, and has dressed in gray every day since then. Only by drawing some blood can you tell the two are even related.

As grim and severe as Argento’s film was ecstatic and harlequin, this “Suspiria” offers a richer, more explicit interpretation of that old nightmare; it digs up the latent anxieties of that story like someone picking at a scab and watching with a queasy mix of horror and delight as the pus seeps out and makes everything literal. Those ideas don’t always have the emotional force to justify the degree of self-harm, but Guadagnino’s wicked opus ultimately cares more about the scars it leaves behind than it does the violence that caused them, or might cut them open again."

Courtesy - David Ehrlich, Indiewire

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