Academy Award Nominee Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria is creating quite the stir in the horror community. Suspiria (1977) is regarded as one of director Dario Argento’s greatest works, and one of the best films to come out of the Giallo subgenre, which reached its prime in the 70’s with over 110 titles being released during the decade.
When word came out that Suspiria was being remade, the majority of the horror community, including myself, was quite pessimistic. Later we come to find out Guadagnino wasn’t necessarily remaking it, but he was re-imagining the idea. Teaser after teaser was dropped, making us more and more optimistic–then we got a few trailers and all of our dreams were answered. Suspiria is shaping up to look like a 2 1/2 hour beautifully intense, terrifying existential opus; to boot it made Quentin Tarantino cry.
While Goblin will not be providing the score for the film, we can rest easy knowing that Thom Yorke, Radiohead frontman, created the elegant and haunting score. Yorke has released the first song with the near-titular title Suspirium:
While Radiohead does have quite a distinct sound, with Suspirium, it is easy to tell Yorke’s score is going to be melancholic, haunting, and wildly atmospheric. The accompanying video feels like a wonderful homage to the color scheme of Argento’s Suspiria, which *seems to be* missing from Guadagnino’s version. The lyrics are wonderful, and they perfectly compliment the underlying arrangement composed by Yorke:
This is a waltz thinking about our bodies
What they mean for our salvation
With only the clothes that we stand up in
Just the ground on which we stand
Is the darkness ours to take?
Bathed in lightness, bathed in heat
All is well, as long as we keep spinning
Here and now, dancing behind a wall
When the old songs and laughter we do
Are forgiven always and never been true
When I arrive, will you come and find me?
Or in a crowd, be one of them?
Wore the wrong sign back beside her
Know tomorrow’s at peace
On the topic of creating the score, at the Venice Film Festival, Yorke stated:
“There’s a way of repeating in music which can hypnotize, and I kept thinking to myself it was a form of making spells. So when I was working in my studio, I was making spells—and that sounds really stupid but that’s how I was thinking about it, it was a sort of freedom I’d not had before: I’m not working in the format of a song or arrangement, I’m just exploring. I’m putting things out into my studio and seeing what my studio is bringing back.”
Suspiria will be dancing its way into select theaters October 26th, with a wide release November 1st. You can also catch the release of the soundtrack! Are you excited for Suspiria or do you plan on sticking with Argento’s version?