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Thom Yorke Shares New Song from ‘Suspiria’ Soundtrack

Dario Argento’s classic film Suspiria is in many ways defined by its iconic Goblin soundtrack. Viewers simply cannot separate the images on screen from the haunting and abstract sounds which construct its unforgettable score. Luca Guadagnino, the director of the upcoming Suspiria remake, made the wise choice of trying something completely different for his upcoming motion picture. The result is a 25-track soundtrack composed by Thom Yorke of Radiohead. The alternative rock frontman posted a new song from his soundtrack today called “Suspirium,” which gives us a taste of what the new movie will sound like.

Composed primarily on piano with accents of the flute, Yorke’s track can be described using many of the same words which can be used to describe the original Goblin compositions. “Suspirium”‘s music is haunting and its lyrics are eerie (but they’re much more easily discernible than the chanting found within the Goblin tracks), and there’s more than a taste of Radiohead in there for good measure. With that said, the two productions still manage to be two completely different works of art. They both sound like something that can accompany the story and visuals of Suspiria, but they each get there by traveling different paths. You can turn up the volume and listen to the track below for yourself:

Yorke’s Suspiria soundtrack will drop in physical and digital retail stores on October 26th, 2018, courtesy of XL Records. The film will hit theaters on November 2nd, 2018. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on these exciting projects as they break!

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‘Suspiria’ Director Luca Guadagnino Discusses Remaking the Argento Classic and Potential Sequels

Deadline recently conducted an in-depth interview with Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino, and as always, he was very forthcoming with his answers about the sure to be misunderstood remake.

The director of the academy award winning film Call Me By Your Name, recalled seeing “…the poster for Dario’s movie when I was 11 in 1982. I saw the film two years later. It made an incredible impression on me. The idea of trying to transfer the explosive emotion I felt into a new movie began almost immediately.  Dario’s movie is evocative of so many things including of motherhood. It’s the story of a group of women united by an obscure agenda. There is something that I couldn’t stop thinking about. For all the violence of Dario’s movies they are also beautiful fairy-tales. There is something alluring about it for a young person.”

Guadagnino also responded to some of the concerns about the explicit and disturbing content of his new film, and the shoot itself, by stating that “Honestly, I don’t think the shoot was traumatic. It’s a complicated movie because of its set-pieces but every day was a joy to work with such a skilled team. The problem for Dakota (Johnson) was that it’s an intense storyline and it’s an intense performance.”

And although the director is well aware of the current climate concerning the portrayal of women on screen, he made sure to point out that “The majority of the cast are women. My relationship with my performers is a mutual co-operation. I’m not there to puppet anyone. It’s a tango. I have no anxiety about portraying violence. We were creating together. The violence in the movie is not gratuitously acted on the female identity, it is a little more layered and complex than that I hope…We weren’t thinking about female empowerment in that way. We just did it as a matter of course. It’s problematic when something becomes a topic that you have to address. It’s more important to be in the right mind-set without having to think about it.”

Most surprisingly, Guadagnino revealed that the original intention was to title the film Suspiria: Part One, indicating the potential for a sequel, “…but we didn’t want to give the impression of something that couldn’t stand alone.”  It seems like the director has been thinking about both a prequel and a sequel to Suspiria (if the first film is profitable enough at the box office to warrant them) stating that he would like to “…explore the origin of Madame Blanc and Helena Marcus and also the future of Suzy Bannion in the world. So maybe.”  The director also heavily hinted that Tilda Swinton would be on board, saying that he “… plot(s) adventures with Tilda on a daily basis.”

Suspiria will debut at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2018. It will then be released in Los Angeles and New York on October 26, 2018, before going national on November 2, 2018.  Be sure to come back to Horror News Network for a full review and our Annual Fall Horror Movie Preview this week.

 

 

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The New Poster Art for the ‘Suspiria’ Remake has Arrived

Suspiria, Suspiria, Suspiria…should we say it again? Why not, it seems to be all that everyone is talking about lately! Last week we brought you the newest trailer for Luca Guadagnino’s much-anticipated remake of Dario Argento’s classic (click here for that) and this week brings the latest bloody artwork.

From the official synopsis:

“A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director (Swinton), an ambitious young dancer (Johnson), and a grieving psychotherapist (Ebersdorf). Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.”

The cast includes Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Grace-Moretz, Mia Goth, Sylvie Testud, Renée Soutendijk, Angela Winkler, Jessica Harper (from the original Suspiria) and more. Suspiria is set to open in New York City and Los Angeles on October 26th and the rest of the country on November 2nd.

 

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First Full Trailer for ‘Suspiria’ Reboot is Here

After months of speculation about what to expect from Luca Guadagnino’s take on Dario Argento’s most celebrated film, Suspiria, we finally have a full trailer to whet our appetites while we await the film’s release this fall. What we see in the two and a half minute trailer of the two and a half hour film is equal parts tension and suspense with just a tiny bit of the gore that shocked the crowd at CinemaCon this past April when they were showed a full scene (read more about that here).

Slated for a November 2nd release, here is the first trailer of what we hope will be a worthy reboot of the classic.

 

Stay gory my friends.

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First Trailer for ‘Suspiria’ Reboot Has Arrived

Just last month Amazon Studios debuted a clip of Suspiria (2018) at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and the reaction was pure shock and disgust. Now we have our first trailer and while we get no dialogue, we can sense the tension between Susie (Dakota Johnson) and Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton). Along with the the sharp visuals comes some rather unsettling music. Director Luca Guadagnino tapped Radiohead’s Thom Yorke to score the reboot (the 1977 original was of course done by Italian legends Goblin).

Watch and enjoy the new trailer below and be on the lookout for more trailers and news before Suspria hits theaters on November 2nd, 2018.

 

Stay gory my friends.

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First Look and Release Date for ‘Suspiria’ Reboot

The horror world has been abuzz for a few years now with talk of the remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic Suspiria and we now have our first look at Dakota Johnson as Susie Bannion as well as a firm release date for the film.

According to Deadline, we’ll be getting a November 2nd theatrical release of the remake by renowned Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name). As to why he’s choosing to remake an already brilliant film, Luca spoke to birthmoviesdeath back in November and had this to say:

“It’s inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions, it explores other reasons. It’s semantics, of course, but I think people really have to understand that this is not a remake, because the word “remake” gives the impression that we want to erase the original, and the opposite is what we try to do…when I saw the original movie thirty-two years ago, the emotion I felt was so strong, so mind-blowing, and so important to my upbringing. I wanted to investigate the experience I had watching that film.”

Last month, Guadagnino showed s clip of the new Suspiria to the crowd at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Based on the viewing, Variety described the clip like this:

While a ballerina pirouettes in one room, her movements somehow wreak absolute hell on another dancer—whose body is systematically ripped apart into a mound of broken bones, piss, blood, and spit, one painful contortion at a time. Just a short clip from the movie was enough to explain why Dakota Johnson said that filming Suspiria “fucked me up so much that I had to go to therapy.”

Well, while I normally take a hard pass when it comes to remakes, I may just have to break my rules with Suspiria and give it a watch. The new film also stars Tilda Swinton, Chloë Grace Moretz and Jessica Harper (who played the lead, Suzy Bannion, in the original 1977 film). Check back to Horror News Network as we will release the first trailer when it is available.

 

 

Stay gory my friends.

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It’s a Wrap on Suspiria Remake

Forty years ago Dario Argento’s giallo masterpiece Suspiria was released and now production has wrapped on it’s remake. While remakes are generally not something to get excited for, especially when it’s a remake of a genre classic, this particular remake features an amazing cast and a very passionate director.

An all-star cast of Tilda Swinton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Dakota Johnson and Mia Goth was directed by Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) who told Empire back in 2015 that, “the film by Dario Argento was a very indicative moment of growing up for me because I saw it when I was 14, I think it changed me forever. I was obsessed with Argento through all my adolescence.”

Deadline reports that the Amazon Studios film is heading to the European Film Market next week in Berlin with FilmNation aboard the project for international sales.

Keep it locked to Horror News Network for more news on Suspiria and everything horror.

 

Stay gory my friends.

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Chloe Moretz Joins Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton in Remake of Argento Classic Suspiria

Justin Kroll of Variety broke the news today that Chloe Moretz will star in the lead role of director Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake.  Earlier this year, The Playlist reported that Moretz dropped out of Universal’s Little Mermaid film to pursue other films.

It appears as if Moretz decided to trade in her fins for a pair of ballet slippers as she will join the previously announced co-stars Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.  Kroll suggests that Moretz is looking to add more adult roles based on this choice, stating that “Moretz has been drawn to more adult fare following her breakout performance in adult action pic Kick-Ass. While plenty of those pics were non-genre based like Hugo and The Equalizer, the 19-year-old has done plenty of work in pics with horror or supernatural elements, including Carrie, Let Me In, and Dark Shadows.”

Original director and co-writer Dario Argento is not attached to the film and has no role in producing the remake.  The master of Italian “Giallo” cinema’s lack of involvement has raised some red flags, but Argento’s countryman Guadagnino has long considered the remake a “passion project” and he “…has been at the forefront of getting this remake off the ground.”

No start date for production has been set at this time.  Argento fans are sure to be “passionate” about the project as well, for better or for worse.

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Ten Things You Might Not Know About … SUSPIRIA!

Ten Things You Might Not Know About … Suspiria!

1. Dario Argento was inspired to make this film by stories of partner Daria Nicolodi’s grandmother, who claimed to have fled from a German music academy because witchcraft was being secretly practiced there.

2. The woman playing Helna Markos is not credited. According to Jessica Harper, the woman was a 90 year old ex-hooker Argento found on the streets of Rome.

3. Dario Argento cast Jessica Harper as the lead after seeing Harper’s debut performance in Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise.

4. The voice heard whispering on the soundtrack is that of Goblin band member Claudio Simonetti.  Simonetti stated  that much of what he whispers on the music score is just gibberish.

5. For the wide shots of the ‘maggots’ falling from the ceiling the crew would drop gains of rice down onto the actresses from above.

6. Suspiria was the first Italian film to make use of the then newly invented Steadicam.

7. Dario Argento helped compose the score with the band Goblin and played it at full blast on set to unnerve the actors and elicit truly frightened performances.

8. The film’s finale was inspired by a dream that Daria Nicolodi had.

9.  Dario Argento had cinematographer Luciano Tovoli watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to have him model the color scheme of that film for Suspiria.

10.  Jessica Harper said that the most frightening scene in the film for her was the grand finale where everything explodes and shatters around her as she flees the academy. Harper said that the rigged explosions where quite unnerving as they were placed close to her on the set.

 

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2019 Oscar Nominations Ignore Horror Films After Incredible Wins in 2018

Did you think that The Shape of Water’s and Get Out’s big wins at the Academy Awards last year meant that horror movies would finally be getting a fair shake during awards season? Think again! The 2019 Oscar nominations are out, and the horror genre is only represented with a single nomination for A Quiet Place in the category of Best Sound Editing.

Last year, The Shape of Water received 13 nominations (the record is 14), and it ended up winning Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. Get Out was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Jordan Peele), Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele), and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), and Peele took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Between these two films, the horror genre was represented in many of the Academy’s most prestigious categories.

It isn’t like there weren’t great horror offerings that received positive critical attention over the course of the past year… Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria generated serious buzz with its avant-garde sound design and unique visuals, and Ari Aster’s Hereditary was the talk of the town this past June (with Toni Collette’s unforgettable performance seemingly being more than worthy of a Best Actress nomination).

So what happened? Given the secretive nature of the nominations procedure, the answer is anyone’s guess. The Academy has historically been a fickle organization, and it’s possible that last year was more of an exception than the rule going forward. This year’s nominations largely feature traditional offerings, save for an exciting exception here and there like Black Panther’s Best Picture nomination… a first for superhero films. Perhaps The Academy can only focus on one “outside the box” genre nomination at a time?

The horror genre has a rich tradition of being ignored by The Academy Awards, but- fortunately- this doesn’t mean there isn’t excellent content being created by talented individuals all the time. Hopefully we will again see horror favorites represented in future Oscar nominations down the road, but stay tuned to Horror News Network in the meantime for complete coverage of all the best things our favorite genre has to offer!