We learned just last month that Radiohead’s Thom Yorke is doing the score for Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming Suspiria remake, which recently wrapped production. What makes the news particularly exciting is that Yorke has never before scored a movie, so it should be really interesting to see what he comes up with.
Of course, the pressure is pretty high. Goblin’s score for Dario Argento’s classic film is one of the horror genre’s all-time best, and Yorke admits in a chat with BBC 6 Music that he’s totally out of his element on this one.
“It’s absolutely terrifying,” Yorke told the outlet. “It’s a very different film [from the original]. There’s a few core pieces of it that I’ve been trying to piece together. It’s hard because I’m way out of my comfort zone, and I can’t read music so it’s not like I’m writing for orchestra. So I’m building it all myself.”
He continued, “In fact, I watched Blade Runner twice at the weekend. ‘Oh, that sound, I could do something like that, that’s quite easy.’ ‘I’ll rip that bit off there and that bit there and I’ll be fine.’ No, not really.”
Yorke made it clear that he was joking about ripping off the Blade Runner score, but he says that he did draw inspiration from it and its composer, Vangelis.
“Vangelis, it’s him. It’s his hands that made that,” Yorke said. “Which encouraged me. Because that was the thing I was finding most daunting. Normally a horror movie involves orchestras, these specific things. But Luca [Guadagnino], the director, and Walter [Fasano], the editor, are very much, like, find your own path with it. They’re giving me as much freedom as they can. I just have to find a way into it. Which I am doing. It’s exciting.”
Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace-Moretz, Tilda Swinton and Mia Goth star. Jessica Harper, who played Suzy Bannion in the original film, will be popping up for a cameo appearance.
A young American ballet dancer travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover it is something far more sinister and supernatural. She becomes increasingly terrified after a series of gruesome murders ensue and she slowly unravels the dark history of the academy.
David Kajganich wrote the film, co-financed by Amazon Studios and K Period Media.