Goblin, Suspiria

Richard Gehr

By Richard Gehr

on 02.15.12 in Reviews

A creepy hybrid of up-to-the-’70s electric prog rocking and acoustic medieval evil, Italian group Goblin’s expressionist score to Dario Argento’s gory 1977 giallo masterpiece is as startling as the film itself. In addition to the film’s memorable fourteen-note theme, keyboardist Claudio Simonetti (on Mellotron, Moogs and celesta) and company explore “Sighs” (acoustic guitars and heavy breathing), the mechanically motivated “Markos,” and more orthodox jazz-rocking evocations of Argento’s characters (“Black Forest”) as they are variously sliced, diced, and covered with maggots.