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Watch With Spooool – Suspiria, The Haunting & Rosemary’s Baby

So back in the 50’s there was a programme on the BBC called “Watch with Mother”. Now if you’re still watching things with your Mum you’re in danger of turning into this guy, so don’t be a creepy weirdo and watch with us instead. That’s right, two beardy guys who like watching films in the dark. Preferably horror films.

It is the season of spooook and in preparation for our next podcast we’ve decided to find three horror films that neither of us have seen, watch them over the month of October and then we’ll chat about them at the end of the month. So below are the films we’re going to pick and before you get all “oh my gawd I totally can’t believe you haven’t seen x y and z and you call yourself film buffs”, a) we don’t call ourselves buffs and b) we’ve seen your ma, wha?

So join in the conversation if you’ve seen them and if not come with us on our Scooby Doo adventure into the world of “horror classics”. Use the form at the bottom of the post to send us your thoughts on this trio… Oh and while Suspiria is up in full on youtube and is embedded, but you’ll have to seek out the other two yourselves.

1) Suspiria (1977)

Suspiria

Just searching for images of this film gave me the heebie jeebies. Directed by Italian maestro Dario Argento it tells the story of American dance student Harper. Her arrival at a German ballet school coincides with a shocking double murder. Adolescent hysteria and hints of occultism give way to the revelation that the school’s tutors are part of an ancient witch’s coven. I wonder if it inspired the newest season of “American Horror Story”?

2) The Haunting (1963)

The haunting

What struck me about this is that it came 17th in Time Out’s 100 Greatest Horror Films and apparently Martin Scorsese rates it as his #1 scariest film. Here is what IMDb has to say about the story which is based on a book “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson.

Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. With him are the skeptical young Luke, who stands to inherit the house, the mysterious and clairvoyant Theodora and the insecure Eleanor, whose psychic abilities make her feel somehow attuned to whatever spirits inhabit the old mansion.

It was re-made in 1999 and starred Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta Jones so for completeness you could watch that one too and sure read the book while you’re at it too.

3) Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

rosemarys-baby

Sure of course Polanski would do a film called Rosemary’s Baby, he was mad for the kids. Rosemary may be the mother alright but who’s the father eh Mia? Perhaps Frank Sinantra?

Anyway Rosemary’s Baby is regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made, telling the story of a young couple who move into a new neighbourhood. When Rosemary mysteriously falls pregnant she begins to worry about the safety of her unborn child. This was Polanski’s first American film and his first adaptation too, being based on the book by the same name penned by Ira Levin.

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Are you on board? Use the form below and get your entries in to us before 6pm on October 25th to be included in our podcast which will be a Hallowe’en themed special and will be online on October 29th.

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Páraic

Páraic wanted to be a gangster as far back as he can remember. Brought up on a diet of films he was too young to be watching by his brothers, all things 80s teens thanks to his sisters and the classics by his folks he's turned into a well-rounded (maybe a little too round) film lover. Only recently discovering North by Northwest, he longs for a train journey with a beautiful blond.

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Rosemary’s Baby is an extraordinary movie. Easily one of the greatest films ever made, stunningly well-made, and along with Pan’s Labyrinth and The Wicker Man, the apotheosis of horror (but can you ever really beat The Exorcist?)

Horror is as dead as great original classical music. Take The Conjuring: supposedly the ” best horror film of the past decade”, it is actually a pointless rip off of the utterly exhausted haunted house genre. That The Conjuring felt the need to set itself in the 1970s was a cynical and money-grubbing ploy which reinforces that it has become almost impossible to create an vaguely engaging and remotely original horror.

It’s the rarest of all film genres.

What is there? Those three, The Omen, REC, The Shining, Carrie, The Blair Witch Project.. bar The Cabin in the Woods, the list ended at least 5 years ago. Still, lots of great horrors from the past to see.

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