Most people tend to shun remakes of any variety, but horror remakes in particular get a lot of guff. It’s understandable in a lot of ways, particularly since we’re coming off a decade riddled with ill-conceived projects like The Fog, One Missed Call, Pulse, When a Stranger Calls and A Nightmare on Elm Street. But when a remake is in the right artistic hands, you can get something all-time great. Granted, it doesn’t happen all that often, but we will will always keep some small flame of optimism burning thanks to successful remakes like The Fly, The Blob and The Thing.
Hopefully soon we can add Suspiria to that list.
Nobody is really clamoring for a remake of Dario Argento’s iconic 1977 horror movie about murder at a prestigious ballet academy. That’s why it’s taken years to actually materialize. But this year the right artistic team fell into place and the movie came together quite quickly. It’s directed by the highly acclaimed Italian director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, Call Me by Your Name) and stars Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth and Chloë Grace Moretz. And as if that director and that cast weren’t intriguing enough, Guadagnino has hiredRadiohead’s Thom Yorke to score the film.
Considering Argento’s original boasted a haunting score from Goblin that would go on to become as prized as the film itself, this is no easy bar to measure up to. But if you’re going to go for it, you’ve got to go big and take risks. Yorke has never scored a film before, which may be cause for alarm before you remember that fellow Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood had also never scored a film before doing There Will Be Blood for Paul Thomas Anderson.
So, the precedent for greatness is obviously in Radiohead. That said, we wish the best of luck to Thom Yorke on topping this:
Suspiria does not currently have a release date, but it has already been filmed. Hopefully that means it might start hitting the festival circuit — via Amazon Studios, which coproduced the project — later this year.