Happy (Actual) Birthday, Jessica Harper!!!!!!

12074788_514250872076222_2726234343440072351_nA Very Happy Birthday to Jessica Harper (October 3rd, despite the WRONG info listed on her IMDB page), one of the world’s most amazing actresses of all time, ever!! J-Harp (as I like to call her :)) has appeared in some of the most bizarre films to receive mainstream releases, including Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories, Pennies from Heaven (with Steve Martin), the insanely overlooked Rocky Horror Picture Show follow-up Shock Treatment, a badass episode of Tales from the Crypt (that grossed me out so much when I was little!!!), the brilliantly bonkers Phantom of the Paradise (#BeefLives!!), and the Queen of Italian Ho-rror pictures, Dario Argento’s Suspiria!!!

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As Suzy Bannion in Suspiria, she achieves the rare feat of portraying innocence without ignorance or naïveté, while possessing a knowing look and curious nature. In Phantom of the Paradise, she’s a fantastic “Christine” to a groovy Phantom and belts out a mean tune… and blessed us with the best ho-rror film dance this side of Crispin Glover’s dance in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. (#BlessedBe. ;)) She took over for Susan Sarandon in Shock Treatment and rocked a little black dress like no one else  No matter the role, she brings a inimitably quirky charm and steals the show. She is the Goddess of Cult Cinema. 🙂

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Happy Birthday, Jessica! All us Kinky Ho-s absolutely adore you!! 🙂 xoxo

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Long Live Suzy Bannion!

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(One of the greatest scenes in all of cinematic history!)

PS- I like to show off my helmet whenever possible… (I know a lot of you guys can relate. ;))

potpPPS- Suspiria!! 🙂

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#TBT: The “Happy Birthday, Dario Argento” Edition

Happy Birthday to that maestro of Italian ho-rror, Dario Argento!

From his very first picture back in 1970, Signor Argento has been haunting our collective nightmares with some of the most maddeningly beautiful ho-rror films in the world. I mean, the dude puts the “gore” in “gore-geous”! With jaw-dropping camera work, fabulous visuals, and his frequent use of startling colors,  Dario Argento brings a painterly beauty to the canvas of cinema. Among his masterworks are Deep Red, site favorite SuspiriaPhenomena with Jennifer Connelly, and 1987’s Opera.


In ho-nor of this mad artist’s birthaversary, we dug up this groovy documentary on the man. It features interviews with ho-rror legends, including John Carpenter, Alice Cooper, and Jessica Harper. Enjoy, Kreeps! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Dario! Stay scary! 🙂

News Bleed: The “IT Came From Ripley’s” Edition

Is Amazon’s Suspiria nearly three hours long? #dreamsdocumtrue Dread Central

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights gets groovy with Ash vs. Evil Dead! 🙂 Attractions Magazine

New Cult of Chucky image unveils the Bride of Chucky. 🙂 SyFy

Annabelle will take over Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium for one day only! 🙂 Ripley’s Times Square

The totally jawsome Sarah Paulson joins M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass!🙂 Variety

Halloween’s creeping up on us… get a look at the 2017 Spooky Town collection! 🙂 Bloody Disgusting

The latest IT trailer gives a voice to Pennywise. 🙂 Screen Rant

News Bleed: The “Dracspiria” Edition

2017 is the year of Suzy Bannion! A newly discovered Suspiria print has been discovered and is going on tour! Bloody Disgusting
NES Jason stalks into Friday the 13th: The Game!  The Escapist

Carnage will wreak havoc in Venom! CBR

A new writer crosses over into The Twilight Zone! Variety

Don’t worry, kiddies… IT is Rated R! Screen Rant

The BBC Sherlock team resurrects Dracula! BBC

Clint Howard’s Brother is directing the Han Solo solo film! 🙂 Hollywood Reporter

Jigsaw will be playing games again this October! 🙂 IGN

News Bleed: The “Escape from Pennywise” Edition

It floats in with a new poster and teaser tease. 🙂 Movie Pilot

Robert Rodriguez is in talks to Escape from New York! Entertainment Weekly

The Suspiria remake conjures up an Oscar-winning financial backer. Variety

The first image of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft has been raided! 🙂 BBC

Is Blumhouse preparing for Five Nights at Freddy’s?! Bloody Disgusting

In space, no-one can check out this Facebook/Alien: Covenant promotion! 🙂 Dread Central

Tom Savini, Doug Bradley, and Pinhead have such sights to show you! 🙂 JoBlo

News Bleed: The “Stranger Friday” Edition

The Friday the 13th reboot has shut down and Mah Boo is not happy! 🙁 Hollywood Reporter

Stranger Things will happen on Halloween. 🙂 CBS News

Sarah Paulson is on the hunt for a serial killer in Lost Girls. 🙂 Entertainment Weekly

The Suspiria remake has finished filming and is heading Europeon Film MarketTilda Swinton and Jessica Harper together?! Sold! 🙂 Bloody Disgusting

Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez has formed Bad Hombre and genre fans rejoice! 🙂 Variety

The Life Super Bowl spot goes full Alien. /FILM

And on a bummer note, Mr. Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica) has passed away. xoxo  Bleeding Cool




#FBF: The “Happy 40th, Suspiria” Edition

Howdy, Kinky Kreeps! 🙂 February 1st marked the 40th anniversary of Dario Argento’s eXXXellent Suspiriaand the beginning of our year-long celebration of its greatness! With the U.S. release and a new 4K restoration coming up, we’d figured we’ll have a lot of love to give this bewitching masterpiece. For today, though, we have jerked one (#ha ;)) from our vaults submitted by Mr. Dr. Anton Phibes! Take it away, sir-spiria! 😉

susp3On February 1, 1977, a cinematic pythoness cast her insidious spell on hordes of unsuspecting filmgoers. This sorceress’ influence is known by and felt by all who live for fright films. Her name was Suspiria, and she is possibly the most grotesque, yet beautiful film experiences of all time. Those who know me in real life are probably sick to death of me praising this particular film, but my love for it burns like a dance academy on fire. This film is my Halloween or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I can think of few films as enchanting and morbid as Dario Argento’s fairy story about a clever heroine and a wicked witch.

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Suspiria begins by introducing us to our heroine Suzy Bannion, played to perfection by Jessica Harper, my life-long film crush. Suzy travels to Germany to attend a prestigious dance academy. Strange events occur and the students are targeted by a ruthless killer… Or, perhaps a force beyond our comprehension. As the students begin to get picked off, Suzy begins to unravel the school’s dark, terrifying secrets.

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Suspiria is, in many ways, a “pure” horror film. Humor does not figure in to diffuse the sense of dread we feel, nor are there any action scenes, romance, or any obvious attempts at commentary. Argento’s fable is dedicated to scaring the wits out of you from the start. The aura of foreboding is palpable from the very first frame and we are treated to the most ghastly, yet gorgeous murder(s) in any terror film. Every aspect of Suspiria seems to have been chosen to create the most exquisitely stunning horror imaginable.

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Primary colors have never been so brilliantly used to instill fear as they were in Suspiria. The whole look is an excellent fusing of EC Comics luridness and the ethereal lushness of a 1940s musical extravaganza. To achieve this style, the film was shot on normal Eastmancolor Kodak stock, then printed using the three-strip Technicolor process, utilizing one of the last remaining three-strip machines. Cinematographer Luciano Tovoli was required to watch Disney’s Snow White as a visual reference. A rather fitting one, considering that Suspiria is essentially a classic fairytale for adults.

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Snow White Goes to Hell: Happy Birthaversary to Dario Argento’s Suspiria

(Submitted by Dr. Anton Phibes, Jessica Harper’s #1 Fan Stalker. ;))

susp3On February 1, 1977, a cinematic pythoness cast her insidious spell on hordes of unsuspecting filmgoers. This sorceress’ influence is known by and felt by all who live for fright films. Her name was Suspiria, and she is possibly the most grotesque, yet beautiful film experiences of all time. Those who know me in real life are probably sick to death of me praising this particular film (“YES!!!!!” -D.P.) but my love for it burns like a dance academy on fire. This film is my Halloween or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I can think of few films as enchanting and morbid as Dario Argento’s fairy story about a clever maiden and a wicked witch.

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Suspiria begins by introducing us to our heroine Suzy Bannion, played to perfection by Jessica Harper, my life-long film crush. Suzy travels to Germany to attend a prestigious dance academy. Strange events occur and the students are targeted by a ruthless killer… Or, perhaps a force beyond our comprehension. As the students begin to get picked off, Suzy begins to unravel the school’s dark, terrifying secrets.

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Suspiria is, in many ways, a “pure” horror film. Humor does not figure in to diffuse the sense of dread we feel, nor are there any action scenes, romance, or any obvious attempts at commentary. Argento’s fable is dedicated to scaring the wits out of you from the start. The aura of foreboding is palpable from the very first frame and we are treated to the most ghastly, yet gorgeous murder(s) in any terror film. Every aspect of Suspiria seems to have been chosen to create the most exquisitely stunning horror imaginable.

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Primary colors have never been so brilliantly used to instill fear as they were in Suspiria. The whole look is an excellent fusing of EC Comics luridness and the ethereal lushness of a 1940s musical extravaganza. To achieve this style, the film was shot on normal Eastmancolor Kodak stock, then printed using the three-strip Technicolor process, utilizing one of the last remaining three-strip machines. Cinematographer Luciano Tovoli was required to watch Disney’s Snow White as a visual reference. A rather fitting one, considering that Suspiria is essentially a classic fairytale for adults.

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Ho-stess’s PSSuspiria is awesome and all but, damn, son!! Get a room!!! 😉 xoxo

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