Claudio Simonetti's Goblin Perform Suspiria (Live)
- Henry Northmore
- 6 August 2018
Disorientating, unsettling live soundtrack to a classic 70s Italian horror film
Suspiria is probably the pinnacle of giallo filmmaking (a heavily stylised subgenre of Italian horror cinema). A gloriously grotesque tale of murder and witches in a remote ballet school told via swathes of vivid colours and striking set pieces, sometimes rejecting logic in favour of meticulously crafted imagery. Director Dario Argento's masterpiece. But an integral part of its capacity to shock and enthral lies in the startling soundtrack from prog rockers Goblin.
Performed live by founding member Claudio Simonetti and his new band, it's even more powerful and disorientating. The soundtrack is still unsettling and creepy with the musicians positioned in front of the big screen. The title track, a motif that recurs throughout the movie, is a mini-masterpiece of terror: a warped nursery rhyme that trembles with echoing bass. Towards the climax the music builds to a cacophony of clashing cymbals, discordant guitar riffs and sharp synths.
Admittedly Suspira does look a bit dated and some of the acting is kinda creaky but it's still a visually stunning piece of work. Accompanied by an almost note-perfect rendition of the original score, composed by Simonetti back in 1977, bringing the music to the fore proves how integral the soundtrack is in setting the mood and tone of any film.
Summerhall, 6 Aug, 8.50pm (Goblin also perform a 'Greatest Hits' set at 5.30pm), £26.