TAMPA, FL – From 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, Tampa Bay area cinephiles are in for a Halloween treat: a very rare opportunity to see the grandiose and gory cult horror film Suspiria on the big screen. The film will be screened at The Vault in downtown Tampa by the award-winning Second Screen Cult Cinema, which was recently named the area’s “Best Movie Series” by Creative Loafing.
Like all of Second Screen Cult Cinema’s monthly screening events, the evening will begin at 6 p.m. in The Vault’s beautiful, historic venue space with a swanky cocktail hour, which will feature music selections from DJ Suspiria (guess where his moniker came from), themed craft cocktails, and food available for purchase from Tastes of Tampa Bay Catering Company. At 7:30 p.m., local artist, DJ, and cinema-lover Brian Taylor – who periodically hosts underground film series Sleep of Reason – will introduce the film and provide insight about its lasting significance in cinema.
Directed by Italian horror master Dario Aregento, Suspiria is widely considered a giallo masterpiece of cult cinema. Originally released in 1977, the film is a veritable assault on the senses. It features unforgettable production design, stunning art direction and vivid, dreamlike cinematography that’s drenched in eye-popping Technicolor. Suspiria earns its reputation as a truly nightmarish film, and it’s enhanced by a classic musical score from Italian prog band Goblin (who also scored George Romero’s original Dawn of the Dead, among other films).
A suggested donation of $5 can be made before entering The Vault to attend the event, and seating is limited to 150 guests. The monthly series also has seasonal memberships available for $50.
Launched in February as a nonprofit organization by a collective of friends and film aficionados entrenched in the local arts scene, Second Screen Cult Cinema is currently the only curated monthly film series in the Tampa Bay area that presents unconventional and unforgettable cult films geared towards adult movie-goers (18+) looking for a refreshingly unique cinematic experience. Second Screen’s goal is to enrich the Greater Tampa Bay cultural arts community and to enhance Tampa’s flourishing downtown core.
Constructed in 1919, The Vault is the historic Exchange National Bank transformed into a modern event venue in the heart of downtown Tampa’s arts district. For more information, visit TheVaultTampa.com or call (813) 225-3450.