Russian synchronized swimmers performed to the theme from Suspiria to the delight of Olympic horror nerds

The Russian synchronized swimming team performed their routine at the Olympics today. I won't spoil the results if you're waiting to watch the performance at another time, but you can check out the results here. Why is this noteworthy? Because their routine was set to Goblin's theme from Dario Argento's classic 1977 horror movie Suspiria. Suspiria. (And Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, but Suspiria!) The video above is not from today's performance, but from their qualifying routine that took place back in April that used the same music, so it's probably the same routine (or close). Watch and listen as Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina turn dainty, graceful water dancing into a horrific painted-doll opera of limbs. Synchronized, twisty, demented limbs. (via Trailers From Hell)


  1. Ha, I remember catching Suspiria on daytime TV one time.  The film didn’t do much for me but I sat through the whole movie wondering “Who the hell did the soundtrack for this thing?!”  The Goblins were (are?) freakin’ sweet.

    1. It’s ‘Goblin‘, not ‘The Goblins’.  And yes, they have reformed. I saw them a couple of years ago, performing alongside clips of the films they’ve scored. Which was nice.

      1. Potential confusion here as they were credited as The Goblins for Dawn of the Dead. I remember noticing their name cropping up repeatedly when I was watching VHS nasties as a teenager –  first with Deep Red, which really made an impression, and then in Dawn (with the slight name change, but obviously the same group), and then in various other films here and there. I had no access to their music outside of the movies until many years later, but I never forgot about them.

  2. What a coincidence. I just watched Suspiria for the first time this last weekend, although that film and I have a very long history, going back to when the original trailer gave me nightmares for years. Until I watched it I had no idea Jessica Harper was in it. What would be even more awesome is if another team did a routine with music from Shock Treatment.

    1. I’m guessing you mean the Richard O’Brien Shock Treatment. I could see Denton USA working quite well for that.

        1.  Yeah there just isn’t that many Jessica Harper films before she went all crazy! lol But yes you hit the nail on the head!!! hahaha Without the wonderment of Suspiria, shit films like the saw series would have had nothing to rip off and regurgitate. And well as for Shock Treatment, we all know that Richard O’Brien made some iconic cult staples. He did have an awesome recent role in Night Train. Cross-dressing as can be expected but just a disguise for the sinister O’Brien we’re all familiar with!!!!

          Good call on LITTLE BLACK DRESS!!!!

    1. That got me to thinking (even though it’s Morricone, not Carpenter) that it might be good fun to see them do The Thing, if they’re able to pull it off without sinking like stones to the bottom.

  3. does anyone else ever wonder how synchronized anything became an olympic sport?
    does anyone else ever wonder how synchronized anything became an olympic sport?

      1. They had one person Synchro in 1992.  They killed it the next year.  This is the one time I want to see it the synchro.  If they do snow cross and snow half pipe then, Skateboard and BMX half pipe and  street should be in the olympics too.  If boxing and Judo is in then why not MMA?

  4. Please, someone, get Jerry Goldsmith’s ‘Ave Satani’ from The Omen into the hands of their swim coach before the next meet! 

  5. Amazing strength and breath control. Solid gold. Throw Jim Carrey in with them and it would be hilarious.

  6. Dainty?  Graceful?  I’ve never watched synchronized swimming before, but they looked like killbots to me.  Is this a typical performance?  The swimmers were far more chilling than the music.

    1. What Jamie said was that what is normally dainty and graceful was, in this instance, horrific, twisty and demented”.

      1.  Ah.  Careful reading is something I really should learn.  I guess this wasn’t typical then.

  7. keep in mind that they are sculling while they have their legs above water — they aren’t allowed to touch the bottom of the pool. i find their control just amazing. and vaulting each other without touching the bottom…. how do they DO that?? : O

    1. Amazing isn’t it? It’s due to strength, stamina, skill, rhythm and training. 

      Incidentally, that’s probably why it’s an Olympic sport, “horrifying” to some as that may be.

  8. I think that was Dario Argento’s finest movie. The sets, colors and lighting are so amazing. And of course the soundtrack makes it. I’ve never been creeped out by synchronized swimming before, that was super creepy, like a demon infested pool from hell! What a great choice.

  9. from the link to the results: “The Russian duo were in a class of their own with a haunting routine inspired by horror films Surprisia and Sleepy Hollow.”

  10. I’m warped. I just find it super cute. Love that movie though. All my life  I will lust for a neon peacock lamp.

  11. Incidentally, if you never seen the movies or heard this particular track before, through the magic of Youtube, here it is for your listening pleasure:

    (watch it before it gets TOS’ed and taken down)

  12. The water in the pool should be red and the lighting more dramatic. ;) 

    Also what’s with all the hatred for synchronized swimming? There’s some serious skill on display there!   

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