Suspiria’s Suspirium by Thom Yorke

The remake of Dario Argento’s seminal giallo horror masterpiece Suspiria is proving to be a divisive prospect. But one element we have no worries about is the score, which marks the debut of Thom Yorke as a fully fledged film composer. Following in the footsteps of Radiohead bandmate Jonny Greenwood (whose scores for auteurs like Paul Thomas Anderson have quickly become iconic), Yorke has created a suite of songs and sounds to accompany what we hope will be a truly haunting cinematic experience.

The original Suspiria’s soundtrack was created and performed by prog legends Goblin, and was most notable for its sonic experimentation, which at times felt like it was reaching out of the screen and scratching at your ear drums (in a good way). Given Yorke’s sonic legacy, his being brought in to the film seems like a match made in heaven, and the first track to be released only serves to raise our excitement levels.

So what do you think? It sounds like a Radiohead song to us, and as Andy Samberg chanelling Nicolas Cage would say, that’s high praise! The occasional dissonant notes add a real sense of unease; an impending ominous presence simmering under the surface. It’s chilling without being overtly scary. Classy, Thom Yorke, very classy.

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.