Ciné’s Bride of Schlocktoberfest (be sure to pick up one of the great T-shirts) kicked off on October’s first weekend with Dario Argento’s gorgeous fever dream about ballerina witches, Suspiria. The colors and art design looked more gorgeous than ever in 35mm. The story makes as little sense as ever, but Suspiria is more about the dream than the waking. Goblin’s amazing score—listenable on its own—is the perfect accompaniment to Argento’s horrifying, beautiful imagery. The film, preceded by five spectacular, classic 35mm trailers and followed by some delicious Campari-and-blood-orange “Giallo Gelato,” was a great start to a fun, seasonal event.
The rest of the month’s selections are the original Poltergeist, John Carpenter’s The Thing, the first Evil Dead, perennial midnight movie Rocky Horror Picture Show and Beetlejuice, Michael Keaton’s best performance prior to Birdman. What a slate! Considering this Halloween season’s best wide releases are, in descending order of expectations, Crimson Peak, Goosebumps, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, horror fans are better off hitting Ciné for a late show. They are all genre stalwarts worth watching with a crowd.
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