Friday, May 24, 2024

A Suspiria/Genesis twin bill?
One ticket please!

Someone on Facebook posted this 1977 newspaper advertisement, and it immediately reignited my wish that I had existed as a young adult in England in the 1970s. Playing at a theater on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End of London were Dario Argento's Suspiria, with that epic Goblin score in "SENSATIONAL 4 TRACK STEREO" and Genesis in Concert.

Genesis in Concert doesn't seem to be very well-regarded as a concert film, with most of the criticism being of the direction and the decisions to keep cutting away from concert material. (It's a live concert, and people want to see the musicians!) But it must still be a great historical document from the band's post-Peter Gabriel era, even if it's only 45 minutes long.

And I would love to see (and hear) Suspiria on the big screen. Ash and I have been going to the "Spook-O-Rama" Thursdays, featuring classic horror films, at a movie theater in Tempe. They've shown everything from The Creature from the Black Lagoon to The Blair Witch Project, with a special focus on cult films from the 1980s. I'm hopeful that Suspiria will be the selection one of these weeks. And we could listen to some classic Genesis on the drive there!

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