Thoughts on Suspiria

Saturday, May 15, 2010 8:13 PM By Simon

--First off, and I believe I've mentioned this once or twice: I fucking hate dubbing. I don't care how much easier it is than subtitles. It sounds awful. I can't concentrate on performances, if it's a peformance film, when the dialogue a) doesn't match up with the lips and b) is either hlf-hearted, disinterested, and/or ridiculously bad. I hate you, whoever came up with that brilliant idea. I hate your rotten guts. Just give the goddamn thing subtitles, save a few bucks on whichever LA hooker you picked up to read the script aloud.

--That being said, this movie scared the shit out of me. That's a rare commodity, seeing as how most scary movies have either been spoiled to me by the internet and/or notoriety. But I purposely avoided writings on this movie, nay, all Argento movies. I've been saving myself, if you will.

--Greatest death scene ever: Pam getting stabbed and hung through a glass ceiling, her friend getting tore up by the debris. Awesome.


--The soundtrack's kinda awesome.

--Was Mark in on it? Did Albert go the way of the rest of them?


The Taxi Driver said...

Ya this movie is scary as hell which is suprising considering how bad every other Argento movie I've seen has been.

May 16, 2010 at 11:41 AM
Madame Enfer said...

I'm fucking with you on the dubbing. Not only do the dubbers sound disinterested, their voices are usually very boring if not entirely unpleasant. While it occasionally offers unintentional entertainment, it more often than not has been found detracting unpardonably from European Golden Age cult masterpieces.

I've heard that way back when, all European films were shot without sound and that it was far cheaper to hire local voice actors than re-employ the stars of the picture - I've also heard that it was a conspiracy to keep the voice actors employed. But how the Hell can anybody be excused for masking the singular vocals of Christopher Lee (Mario Bava's "Whip and the Body") or Stefania Casini and Udo Kier in Suspiria?

January 23, 2011 at 8:24 PM
Simon said...

Madame Enfer: I doubt Udo Kier dwells on things long enough to revoice them. Or Christopher Lee. They're motherucking badass, those guys.

January 23, 2011 at 8:49 PM
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