The New Zealand International Film Festival today announced that Italian prog-rock legends ‘Goblin’ will perform their iconic score to Dario Argento’s horror film Suspiria on Friday evening 19 July at The Civic Theatre in Auckland.

A certified cult classic Suspiria tells the delirious tale of an American ballet student who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany, only to discover that it is controlled by a coven of witches.

“As far as I am concerned this is the most exciting Live Film Score event kiwi film lovers have ever had the chance to witness. Goblin’s scores for the Dario Argento’s films of the 70s and 80s became instant pop cultural high-points. In terms of the most memorable horror collaborations there is Bernard Herrmann’s dissonant violins screaming through Psycho, John Carpenter’s stabbing synth score for Halloween, John Williams’ brutal and relentless Jaws theme and what many feel is the greatest fusion of all; Goblin and their epic electronic masterpiece for Dario Argento’s terrifying horror classic Suspiria. Their Melbourne show was called the “Greatest live show ever!” by critics that saw it. This is the show I have been waiting 30 years to see.” says Incredibly Strange programmer Ant Timpson.

A 1977 certified masterpiece the film proved to be a match made in hell for Argento’s exuberant visual style and the industrial un-nerviness of Goblin’s score. The band’s score for Suspiria was the second collaboration between Argento and Goblin and is considered, by many, to be a musical benchmark for horror film soundtracks.

“An eye-popping maelstrom of visual excess” – Ian Berriman, SFX Magazine

Goblin Plays Suspiria is a live cinema NZIFF event to be held on Friday 19 July 9.15pm at The Civic, Auckland for one screening only. Tickets for Goblin Plays Suspiria will go on sale from Thursday 13 June through Ticketek. Tickets for this special event will be $45 (adults) and $40 (concession) plus booking fee. Tickets for all other Festival screenings will go on sale from Friday 28 June.


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