Suspiria, with Professor Ian Olney
October 3, 2013, 7 p.m.
Humanities Center Room 218
From the 1950s to the 1980s, horror movies emerged from Europe in astonishing numbers and were shown regularly in the United States at drive-ins and at grindhouse theatres of the sort that once filled Times Square in New York City. Gorier, sexier, and just plain stranger than most American horror films of the time, these "Euro horror" films were embraced by hardcore genre fans and denounced by critics as the worst kind of cinematic trash. By the end of the last century, they had been more or less forgotten, but today they are being rediscovered by viewers and cited as influences by directors such as Quentin Tarantino and David Gordon Green. What explains the Euro horror revival? To answer this question, Ian Olney, Professor of English at York College and the author of Euro Horror: Classic European Horror Cinema in Contemporary American Culture (Indiana University Press, 2013), will present a celebrated Euro horror movie, Dario Argento's occult thriller Suspiria (1977), discussing its unique qualities and its enduring appeal to audiences. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.