Apart from the striking visuals and bright color palette of Dario Argento’s 1977 film Suspiria, the film is also remembered for its intense and engaging film score. The iconic music was done by progressive/experimental music group Goblin. The group previously contributed a brilliant score to Argento’s giallo film Deep Red and went on to do the music featured in the italian cut of Dawn of the Dead and Argento’s Tenebre. Featuring symphonic keyboard work performed by Claudio Simonetti, Goblin’s music has a striking sound that will apparently accompany David Gordon Green’s much talked about remake of Suspiria!
While Green has been doing the press circuit for his newest film Your Highness, the director has been extremely outspoken about the fact that he wants his next feature to be a remake of Suspiria. The past couple of weeks Green has made numerous comments about the status of the film. “I just finished a new draft of the script. It’s very faithful to the original, although it doesn’t have anything to do with ballet – it’s more of an all-girls boarding school and focuses more on the occult.” In addition, Green has come out and said that Natalie Portman (though rumored to be attached) will not be starring in the film. Instead, he wants to cast all new and unknown faces. He later added this regarding the tone of the film: “I think it’s something that’s very closely inspired by Argento’s original movie, and I think fans of that movie will see that we’re taking those concepts – and in some cases those scenes, and in some cases those exact shots and dialogue -and expanding on it and making it very artful. And hopefully, horrifying.”
His most recent comments will certainly please die-hard fans of the original classic (like myself) who have a strong love for the Goblin score. “We got the rights to the Goblin score, so we’re going to use that. Steve Jablonsky, who did the score for Your Highness, is incredible. So I would love to see what he would do with the Goblin music. We could start in a very faithful, synthesizer kind of world of music that Goblin does in the original film, and by the end of it turn that score into a huge opera, which would be incredible.”
Though many would agree that Argento’s kaleidoscope colored nightmare is not exactly perfect, I still get the feeling that there really isn’t too much one can improve upon. Thankfully, Green seems like he is moving in the right direction with the developing project. The only positive aspect about this, in my mind, is that this will present an opportunity for a new batch of horror kids to watch the original classic if they are not familiar with it already. Oh, how shocked they will be just in the first 15 minutes of the film.