Trailer buzz: Suspiria (2018)

We’re HUGE Dario Argento fans at Dead By Words so when we first heard that his classic Suspiria was being remade, well, it sounded like sacrilege. HOW COULD YOU DO SUCH A THING? But there’s been promising rumours including disgust from critics at a preview (yay!) and with director Luca Guadagnino in charge, we have hope.

The teaser trailer hit today and we’re quite excited.

Positives: the casting of Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson (even if she is in a baddddd wig) and the superb Mia Goth. The soundtrack by Thom Yorke. The look and feel from Luca is very 70s/80s giallo. There’d better be a room full of barbed wire though.

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31 scary movie moments – 30) They’re Here in Poltergeist (1982)

When little Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke) utters those infamous horror movie words – ‘They’re Here’ – this is the reason why static has haunted us for 30+ years and we still have issues with a blank TV screen. Kids in horror flicks are inherently scary too so Poltergeist has the perfect combination for Halloween viewing. There’s also the myth around the ‘Curse of Poltergeist’, with the tragic deaths of many of the movie franchise stars – including Heather O’Rourke, at just 12 years old.

31 scary movie moments – 21) The Power of Christ Compels You in The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist is truly one of the most terrifying films of all time, and there’s many scenes in this classic horror that will chill you down to the bone – head spinning, spider walking, pea soup vomiting, crucifix…ya know. For us, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow) and Father Karras (Jason Miller) trying to cast the demon out of young Regan (Linda Blair) – ‘The Power of Christ Compels You!’ – as she levitates towards the ceiling is pretty much out there. They then see a haunting glimpse of the true demon. You’ll need a stiff drink after this one.

31 scary movie moments – 20) The body under the water in Inferno (1980)

Part 2 of Dario Argento’s Three Mothers trilogy, Inferno has some standout, influential scenes and is bathed in the usual colours of red, blue and black that are staple in his seminal films. There’s also the trademark ‘complex mystery, bathed in blood’ as a brother – Mark (Leigh McCloskey) – searches for his sister, Rose (Irene Miracle), who has vanished from her apartment in New York City. There’s witchcraft..there’s a spooky building…beautifully staged brutal murders…and a marvellous cat.

One of the biggest jumps is in a wonderful underwater sequence where Rose discovers a water-filled ballroom in her building – of course – and accidentally drops her keys into it, so she has to swim down…whilst a body floats up.

31 scary movie moments – 19) Nancy’s school dream in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…Wes Craven’s horror tour de force introduced the world to icon Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) and also caused a generation of kids to have insomnia. Watching it back now, it’s still blinkin’ scary and one of the spookiest bits is when our lead Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) falls asleep at school and is tempted out of the classroom by her dead friend Tina (Amanda Wyss), who is talking to her from inside a bloody body bag. Horrid.

Time for some hot chocolate…not tired…at all. Must…stay…awake…

 

 

31 scary movie moments – 15) Flies attack Father Delaney in The Amityville Horror (1979)

One of the most infamous haunted houses, 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, has many terrors inside in this classic 1979 horror. There’s a secret spooky room in the basement, red eyes peeking through a window, blood seeping out of the walls and windows slamming down on their own. One of the scariest scenes is when Father Delaney (Rod Steiger) visits to bless the house and is swarmed by some horrible flies. And then that voice from hell tells him to ‘GETTTTT OUTTTTTTTT’. Yikes.

31 scary movie moments – 7) The split screen revenge of Carrie (1976)

It’s a close call between the final shock scene of Brian De Palma’s horror classic, and when the screen suddenly splits after Carrie’s (Sissy Spacek) humiliation at her school prom…her telekinetic, bloody revenge to soon follow.

The split screen technique is a masterpiece in chills – we’ve seen all that Carrie has had to endure from her school bullies and the abuse by her mother, and her blooming powers bubbling underneath. When the screen splits, this is a daring move by De Palma which scares us – we know something really bad is coming from this unusual camera work – and it also allows us to watch the mayhem that Carrie unleashes on her classmates and teachers. She’s been pushed too far this time and we’re put into Carrie’s shoes, and into her perspective. We become the observer and Carrie. And we want revenge for her too.