Suspiria is one of those films that every horror fan needs to see. Scratch that. It’s a film that every horror fan needs to experience. This is one of Dario Argento’s masterpieces and it more than stands up to the test of time. So, what could be better than experiencing Suspiria on Blu-ray? How about experiencing Suspiria on the big screen in 35mm!! Yes, this is possible. A lot of people will have the chance to see this movie as it was originally intended. An uncut 35mm print of Suspiria has been discovered in perfect condition by the Chicago Cinema Society and it will make its way across the US for a screening tour later this year. This is a huge deal.
I was lucky enough to see Suspiria on the big screen a few years ago, but the print was from that murky DVD. This recently discovered print was found by accident when the Chicago Cinema Society stumbled across it after it was abandoned in a storage room of an Italian movie theater back in the 1970s. Here’s Chicago Cinema Society’s full statement on the print:
The Chicago Cinema Society is excited to announce that we have discovered an uncut Italian 35mm print of ‘Suspiria.’ The print was rescued from an Italian cinema that had closed down and the print had gone untouched in their storage area since 1977-78. After a brief inspection to assess the overall condition of the print, it appears as if it had only been screened a handful of times at most. The print is in excellent physical condition with no substantial wear, uncut heads and tails, minimal fading and no vinegar syndrome. Once we had the print in our film archive, we then made a very careful inspection to determine which version of ‘Suspiria’ we had obtained. We were stunned to find that the print is a completely uncut 6 reel print with a run time of 98 minutes in Italian language.
This discovery comes at a great time. Suspiria is due out on Blu-ray from Synapse Films later this year, and there’s a looming remake of Suspiria due out next year. In case you’re not familiar with this film, Suspiria was released in 1977 and takes place in a dance academy in Germany where a new student slowly learns that her teachers have something more sinister on their minds beyond training the next generation of ballet dancers. What unfolds is nightmarish in the most literal use of that word, with Argento sacrificing logic in favor of bold visuals that feel like they crawled out of a bad dream. It’s one of the best horror movies ever made. Seriously!! Listed below are the announced cities for getting a screening of this newly discovered 35mm print. I’m hoping there are many more cities to follow:
7/28: The Metrograph, New York City, NY
9/16: The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
Early Fall: Venue confirmed and TBA, Los Angeles, CA
10/14: Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA
10/26+27: Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Late Fall: Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL