Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke made his debut as a film composer with the 2018 remake of the horror film "Suspiria," and he will be at the 2018 Venice Film Festival in Italy to promote the movie, which will have its world premiere at the festival on Sept. 1. Also in attendance to promote the movie will be director/producer Luca Guadagnino, screenwriter/producer David Kajganich and "Suspiria" cast members Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth and Jessica Harper, according to an emailed announcement from the film's publicist.
Guadagnino, who was nominated for an Oscar for producing 2017's "Call Me By Your Name," has worked with Swinton several times, including 2016's "A Bigger Splash," which co-starred Johnson. The Venice Film Festival is considered one of the first launching pads for movies that go on to receive Oscar nominations.
"Suspiria" is about a dance academy where sinister things happen. The original "Suspiria," directed by Dario Argento, was released in 1977. The 2018 remake of the film also takes place in the 1970s. The 2018 remake of "Suspiria" arrives in U.S. cinemas on Nov. 2. The "Suspiria" teaser trailer and official trailer give previews of what Yorke's film score sounds like.
Yorke is the second member of Radiohead to become a film composer. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has been composing film scores since the 2003 documentary "Bodysong." He has since composed scores for several Paul Thomas Anderson films, including 2007's "There Will Be Blood," 2012's "The Master, " 2014's "Inherent Vice" and 2017's "Phantom Thread." Greenwood received his first Oscar nomination for "Phantom Thread." Greenwood's other credits as a film composer include 2010's "Norwegian Wood" and 2011's "Wee Need to Talk About Kevin."
Pitchfork has reported that in a 2017 interview with BBC 6 Music, Yorke talked about composing the "Suspiria" film score: “It’s absolutely terrifying. 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. I’m building it all myself."
Yorke also said in the interview that Vangelis' film score for 1982's "Blade Runner" was a big source of inspiration: "Vangelis, it’s his hands that made that, which encouraged me. Because that was the thing I was finding most daunting. Normally [scoring] 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."
As previously reported, Yorke is embarking on a U.S. solo tour that begins Nov. 23 in Philadelphia and ends Dec. 22 in Las Vegas.