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Goblin started out as a run-of-the-mill Italian prog band named the Cherry Five, and if the band’s debut album hadn’t caught director Dario Argento’s attention, it probably would have ended that way. But Argento—who was dissatisfied with the soundtrack work being done on Profondo Roso—dug the record enough to hire Goblin to rework the film’s music. It turned out to be a great match, both artistically (for the movie) and commercially (for Goblin). The band’s next project with Argento, Suspiria, proved to be a high point in the careers of both. Goblin’s soundtrack is, as a whole, heavy on scary drum and synth sounds, with the film’s ghoulish theme setting the terrifying tone. It opens with an innocent-sounding melody that gives you a momentary sense of calm—which is shattered when, coming from somewhere buried in the mix, demonic vocals kick in, doubling the original melody and sending chills up and down your spine. It sets the perfect mood for the occult mystery about to unfold. See the film, if only for the soundtrack, tonight, or Friday, Oct. 18, Friday, Oct. 25, or Saturday, Oct. 26, at midnight at Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. $5-$10. (202) 667-0090. (Jacob Long)