Not only is Dario Argento’s Suspiria one of the greatest horror films ever made, it also features one of cinema’s greatest scores, courtesy of Goblin. When it came to Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming remake, we had so many other questions that we didn’t really stop to think about who on earth could possibly follow in those very, very loud footsteps.
So we were quite surprised to see Variety reporting that none other than Radiohead’s Thom Yorke will score the upcoming reimagining from the director of I Am Love and A Bigger Splash.
In a statement, Guadagnino said “Thom’s art transcends the contemporary. To have the privilege of his music and sound for Suspiria is a dream come true. The depth of his creation and artistic vision is so unique that our Suspiria will sound groundbreaking and will deeply resonate with viewers. Our goal is to make a movie that will be a disturbing and transforming experience: for this ambition, we could not find a better partner than Thom.”
Yorke’s Radiohead bandmate Johnny Greenwood has worked in film scores with huge success, most notably on Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice and Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin, but Yorke’s scoring experience is somewhat more limited. He did compose music for a production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times in New York, but we’re very interested to see what a collaboration between Guadagnino and Yorke on a film like this will sound like.
Suspiria stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Grace Moretz and Mia Goth, as well as original star Jessica Harper, and it finished shooting in March this year.
If you haven’t seen the original, you really need to, but here’s the plot synopsis for the new film: “Suspiria is set in 1977 Berlin and follows a young American woman who joins a prestigious dance company. She arrives just as one of the members mysteriously disappears. As her stock in the company rises, she begins to suspect that the dance troupe is harboring a disturbing secret.”
Everyone involved in the film has been very cagey about calling it a remake, with the best wording coming from Tilda Swinton, who described it as “a cover” when speaking to Digital Spy. Guadagnino also told Variety that it will not be colourful, unlike the original film.
“It’s a movie about guilt, and it’s about motherhood. It has no primary colors in its color palette [unlike the original]… Suspiria is winter-ish, evil, and really dark.”
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