Thursday, July 25, 2019

Creative Vandalism: Suspiria ephemera

Joan Bennett made only two theatrical films in the 1970s. Both of them -- 1970s House of Dark Shadows and 1977's Suspiria -- were horror movies, a genre she had previously avoided like the plague. Both moves have been remade in recent years (Tim Burton's 2012 Dark Shadows and Luca Guadagnino's 2018 Suspiria) to delightfully devisive results. And both remakes improbably featured ChloĆ« Grace Moretz, a bit of trivia that will likely give rise to a tumor if you dwell too long upon it.

Above is a screenshot of a Facebook comment about my Inappropriate Gold Key movie adaptions post from earlier in the week. I created cover art from some 1970s comicbook adaptions of movies you absolutely don't want your kids to see, which prompted the response about Harry Potter. It kind of blew my mind and inspired me to create a movie poster for Guadagnino's Suspiria that targeted the Hogwarts crowd.

For something that was rattled off in about half an hour, I was mostly happy with it. But it also made me realize something: I've created a LOT of Suspria-related weirdness over the years. Nobody's really taken much notice in them, but they make me happy. So here's a collection (and it's not even everything!) of the Suspria ephemera that's sprung from my diseased imagination.

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