Oh Radiohead, it seems like only yesterday we were reading something absolutely ridiculous about you.
But today is a brand-new day that brings with it fresh news from Variety that Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke will be composing the score to Luca Guadagnino’s pointless remake of Dario Argento 1977 classic film, Suspiria. You know, the one that has that’s also pretty much known for its killer score by the band Goblin. It strangely marks the first time Yorke will be composing for a film, which is surprising considering how prolific his bandmate, Jonny Greenwood, has been in this regard, composing for the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson on numerous occasions. In a statement via Variety, Guadgnino said “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.”
When it comes to the Suspiria remake, every single step taken thus far has been a solid one. First, there’s Guadagnino, the brilliant and talented Italian director behind I Am Love, A Bigger Splash and the upcoming Call Me By Your Name which stunned and thrilled audiences at Sundance earlier this year. Then there’s the cast, which features The film stars Tilda Swinton alongside Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, and Chloë Grace Moretz. But perhaps most enticing of all? The inclusion of Jessica Harper, star of the original film, who is also in the cast. And now, with the inclusion of Yorke, Suspiria does seem to have all the boxes checked for a truly solid film.
Except, WHY? Why is there a need for a remake of Suspiria? I say this not just because I’m a horror nerd who has a particular love of 1970’s gialli (in all its hybrid forms because yeah, this isn’t a proper giallo), but I say this because I’m a bit clueless as to what is being remade exactly. While I love Suspiria, I can’t say it’s one with a strong story. Yes, the Three Mothers idea is interesting but Inferno really taps into this mythology more than anything. What Suspiria really has is aesthetic. This film is built on how the sets, the colors, the lighting and that music work together to create a very special (and magical) mood. And this is something that I just don’t think can be duplicated without it feeling like a cheap imitation.
My hope is that the Suspiria remake is more of an homage than anything else. (According to the film’s IMDB trivia page, the remake does not feature the color palette of the original and I’m personally torn between being happy and horrified.) But with the film in post-production and slated for a late 2017 release, it looks like fans of the original film won’t have to wait much longer to see how it all turns out.