The sickness that I told myself that I had outrun is still clinging onto me for dear life, but now I only have a slight but persistent headache and some minor body aches. Apparently there are some really nasty bugs getting around at the moment, one of Zoe's work colleagues that was only 18 years old, died on Thursday from Meningococcal, bloody horrific. Zoe worked with him on Wednesday evening and just couldn't get her head around the fact that he was gone. These random deaths can really rattle everyone, especially young people because, lets face it, we all feel a little bullet proof when we are young. This type of thing really throws all of our mortality into a unpleasantly glaring light.
Needless to say, Zoe has needed a little bit of distraction this weekend and a measuring of oblivion - so we indulged in one of my favourite past time distractions that comes in the form of a bottle of Irish whiskey and some good old school horror, I am yet to find a better band-aid.
Release Date: 1977
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 92 mins
A classic Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, and one of Argento's most successful feature films. Suspiria received great critical acclaim for it's visual and stylistic flair. The use of vibrant colours and high impact gothic-opera style music made it quickly rise to cult status and soon found it's way onto many 'must see' horror film lists.
Suzy (Jessica Harper) travels to Germany to join a prestigious ballet academy but soon realises that something insidious and supernatural is at play, as girls start to go missing and are murdered in a most grisly fashion.
This is truly riveting and deeply atmospheric horror, having watched it recently I can assure you that none of it's impact has been lost over the years. There is a sinister and unsettling tone to this movie that makes even mundane objects feel completely menacing. The colour contrasts and lighting are used brilliantly to enhance and disturb, and the soundtrack is hauntingly hypnotic and nightmarish. Completely visceral, violent and splashed with unnaturally bright red blood effects, this horror is one that you won't forget in a hurry.
FINAL SAY: Do you know anything about witches?
3.5 Chili Peppers