Thom Yorke to score Suspiria remake

Article by The Skinny | 11 May 2017
  • Suspiria

The Radiohead frontman will make his first foray into film score composition with the remake of Dario Argento’s cult horror Suspiria

We were excited to see the upcoming remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror, not least because it's being directed by Luca Guadagnino, the stylish Italian director who gave us I Am Love, A Bigger Splash and the upcoming Call Me by Your Name. But anticipation is now at fever pitch with news that Thom Yorke will compose the score.

Guadagnino confirmed the collaboration in a statement shared on Indiewire, saying "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."

This will be Yorke's first film score, and he has big shoes to fill as the original score, a cacophony of twanging-guitar, synth and whispered voices from Italian prog-rockers Goblin, is a classic. If he's looking for advice, he can always call on Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood, who's become one of the modern masters of film composition. He's written scores for Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice; Lynne Ramsey's We Need to Talk About Kevin and her upcoming You Were Never Really Here, and his haunting score for Norwegian Wood was the best thing about that moody Murakami adaptation.

Guadagnino's Suspiria will star Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and his regular collaborator Tilda Swinton, and like Argento’s film it will concern the spooky goings-on in a Berlin dance school. The film’s release date has yet to be announced.

You can listen to Goblin’s original score in the played below.