Film & Water Presents: Turn It Off with Tracy #22


Episode 22: SUSPIRIA

Rob decides to crank the show up a notch and subject Tracy to the 1977 Dario Argento classic SUSPIRIA. How far did she get? Spoiler alert: This is an extra short episode!

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7 responses to “Film & Water Presents: Turn It Off with Tracy #22

  1. I know I’m going to have to turn in my horror card, but I haven’t seen Suspiria. So I can’t really comment on how weird it is that Tracy made it through both The Omen AND The Excorcist, but not this. Maybe I won’t make it through it either! I don’t think I have this on the DVR, so I’ll have to track it down some other way.

    I got you to do your Gregory Peck voice again, so total score.


    1. Listened to the episode on my commute in to work this morning. Perfect length for that activity! I have long thought that my wife would really like the story of Suspiria, even if the film itself would turn her off. So I understand and sympathize with all parties here. (To my wife’s eternal credit she did watch later Argento films Tenebre and Opera, but she drew the line at Lucio Fulci’s Zombi II. (Tracy mentioned being uneasy with Argento telegraphing the window scene — for the love of Pete do not watch Zombi II, as there is a gruesome scene in that film made all the worse by the lengthy, unblinking build up which Fulci uses.)

      Suspiria is among the elite of the elite in terms of horror films because of how well Argento manipulates all of the visual and audio elements to create mood. Tracy mentioned in the episode about the use of harsh colors (specifically red) and how “its not scary but its scary.” Suspiria leaves the audience feeling uneasy because of the juxtaposition of elements which clash — the effect being that even in the “down” scenes, the viewer has no relief because something is inherently “wrong” about what we are seeing.

      The film has two pseudo sequels (better described as follow ups), Inferno (1980) and The Mother of Tears (2007), both by Argento (although Inferno may have had some parts directed by Mario Bava). They are both worth watching but not on the level of this film. Inferno especially is something of an experimental film, art house meets supernatural horror. The ending is classic though.

      Rob mentioned that Goblin has dined off of this soundtrack for decades, which is only part of the story — its more accurate to say that Goblin has dined off of their collaboration with Argento for decades. Prior to this film, they recorded the soundtrack to his giallo (horror/thriller with mystery and violent elements) masterpiece Profondo Rosso (Deep Red, 1975), which is much more prog rock than this soundtrack, but still extremely influential and incredibly popular. Following after Suspiria, they provided the majority of the soundtrack to Dawn of the Dead, especially in its European form (under the title Zombi), after which the original version broke up. Members of the band would work on or contribute to other Italian horror efforts including The Bloodstained Shadow, Buio Omega, Phenomenon (directed by Argento and starring Jennifer Connelly, another well known score), and La Chiesa. The original members would reunite to score the later Argento giallo Non Ho Sonno (Sleepless, 2001).

      Anyway, I appreciate that Tracy gave it a shot and look forward to hearing more episodes in the future.

  2. Don’t worry about the length of this episode. It definitely made up in quality what it lacked in quantity. Though, now that I think about it, you could do a special 11 episode minute-by-minute Susperia podcast , if you really want to get the bang for your buck.

    As always, I’m looking forward to the next episode.

  3. My favorite horror movie! I’m glad you did it even if it was briefly. TRUE STORY: I was listening to this episode on the F train, traveling between Brooklyn & Manhattan, and at the end you had the trailer playing “Susssperia!” and the lights on the entire subway goes out ! Completely darkness. People on the train screamed and about 1 minute later it went back on. Perfect timing.

  4. Hey, has there been any talk about any “Turn It Off With Rob” special episodes?

    I’d like to see how long Rob lasts through a marathon of the Mermaid Man episodes of Spongebob Squarepants. TONS of Aquaman references!

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