Horror fans know Dario Argento, and they know his iconic film Suspiria (1977). As a result, they also know the haunting sounds of Goblin, the Italian progressive band who provided the score for the film. The Suspiria score was the second collaboration between Goblin and Argento, Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) (1975) being the first.
If you happen to be in New Zealand this July, and you’re afan, then don’t miss the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) on Friday, July 18: Goblin will be performing live to a showing of Suspiria at the Civic Theater in Auckland at 9:15 p.m.
Suspiria tells the story of a newcomer to a fancy ballet academy who gradually comes to realize that the staff of the school are actually a coven of witches bent on chaos and destruction.
As far as the status of the Suspiria score, the Incredibly Strange programmer Ant Timpson might give the best perspective:
“As far as I am concerned this is the most exciting Live Film Score event kiwi film lovers have ever had the chance to witness. Goblin’s scores for the Dario Argento’s films of the ’70s and ’80s became instant pop-cultural high-points. In terms of the most memorable horror collaborations there is Bernard Herrmann’s dissonant violins screaming through Psycho, John Carpenter’s stabbing synth score for , John Williams’ brutal and relentless Jaws theme and what many feel is the greatest fusion of all – Goblin and their epic electronic masterpiece for Dario Argento’s terrifying horror classic Suspiria. Their Melbourne show was called the ‘Greatest live show ever!’ by critics that saw it. This is the show I have been waiting 30 years to see.”
Tickets for Goblin Plays Suspiria go on sale from June 13 via Ticketek. Tickets for this special event will be $45 (adults) and $40 (concession) plus booking fee.
Visit www.nziff.co.nz for additional details.