Uncut 35mm print of Dario Argento’s Suspiria found in an old Italian theater

Last Updated on August 5, 2021

This is a true fanboy freak out moment. Looks like the Chicago Cinema Society found an uncut print of Dario Argento's masterpiece SUSPIRIA in the storage area of an old Italian movie theater! No, not the REMAKE, the original film!

Now if that doesn't sound like the plot of a f*cking cool-ass horror movie, I don't know what to tell you. Sure it's a bit derivative of John Carpenter's MASTER OF HORROR episode CIGARETTE BURNS, but whatever, this isn't a movie we're talking about here, this is real life!

Yes, not only did the CCS find an undamaged 35mm print of SUSPIRIA, but the film is uncut (running 98 minutes) and, best of all, they will be taking the newly discovered print on the road! You can check out all the info on the print below, as well as a rundown on which cities the print will be traveling through, and a series of clips from the team's private screening.

After looking through all of that cool shite, making sure to hit us up on social media and let us know what you think of this new SUSPIRIA discovery on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

SUSPIRIA 35mm uncut rundown via CCS:

The Chicago Cinema Society is excited to announce that we have discovered an uncut Italian 35mm print of Suspiria. The print was rescued from an Italian cinema that had closed down and the print had gone untouched in their storage area since 1977/78. After a brief inspection to assess the overall condition of the print, it appears as if it had only been screened a handful of times at most. The print is in excellent physical condition with no substantial wear, uncut heads and tails, minimal fading and no vinegar syndrome. Once we had the print in our film archive, we then made a very careful inspection to determine which version of Suspiria we had obtained. We were stunned to find that the print is a completely uncut 6 reel print with a run time of 98 minutes in Italian language. We then privately screened the print and recorded excerpts, which can be found on our YouTube channel, to give people a better sense of what the print actually looks like. 

We reached out to Don May at Synapse Films to see if they would be in need of our print for restoration purposes. He noted to us that they have all of the film elements that they need for their upcoming digital restoration. We then shared information on our discovery with a number of film programmers across the country, many of whom had become very interested in screening the print. Since preservation elements for Suspiria exist, we arranged a tour for our print to start late this summer. More venues have reached out to us with interest in screening our print so follow Chicago Cinema Society on Facebook and check in at our website for updates and the additions of any other screening dates. Do not miss out on this opportunity to see Suspiria in the way that it was intended to be seen!

Current list of cities screening the uncut print:

7/28: The Metrograph, New York City, NY
9/16: The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
Early Fall: Venue confirmed and TBA, Los Angeles, CA
10/14: Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA
10/26+27: Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Late Fall: Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL

Of course, there isn't a screening planned for Florida, the Sunshine State needs a better Horror Ambassador. If you are like me and live in a city where the print isn't scheduled to screen, you can buy a copy of the classic flick on Blu-ray right HERE.

Source: Chicago Cinema Society

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