Last Friday, Luca Guadagnino's eagerly anticipated horror movie Suspiria, a remake of Dario Argento's blood-drenched 1977 Italian classic, debuted in only two theaters. Though it raked in an impressive $89,903 per screen average, that's still... not many theaters. If you read reviews, watched the trailer, and stared at the GIFs of Tilda Swinton on an infinite loop for the past months but have the misfortune of living outside of New York or Los Angeles, you couldn't fall under the film's spell. This upcoming weekend, the movie will expand into wider release, but we have a suggestion for anyone hoping to add a slow-drip of terror to their workday: Listen to the soundtrack before you see the movie.
Currently available to purchase or stream on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, the Suspiria soundtrack, which was composed by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, is 25 tracks long and totals around 80 minutes of music. Unlike this fall's chart-topping soundtrack hit A Star Is Born, this one won't make you burst into song at your desk. It won't get your head nodding like the Black Panther soundtrack from the spring either. No, the Suspiria soundtrack chases a mood that's far more slippery -- and diabolical -- than any high-profile film score this year.
Even for fans of Yorke's adventurous solo work -- like 2006's electronically nimble The Eraser and 2014's sketchbook-like Tomorrow's Modern Boxes -- the Suspiria soundtrack is an eclectic, intimidating work. It finds Yorke and his collaborators, which include producer Sam Petts-Davies, orchestral conductor Hugh Brunt, and Yorke's 17 year-old son playing drums on two tracks, experimenting with haunting sonic textures. Is it creepy? Yes, but we've got all the information you'll need to calm your nerves before listening below.