Did he, or didn’t he? That’s the question that will plague moviegoers lured by the enigmatic disappearance that sets Gone Girl in motion. Even if you’ve read Gillian Flynn’s best-seller, Ben Affleck’s polarizing behavior as Nick, and Rosamund Pike’s convincing victimization as Amy is sure to keep you, and your emotions, on edge. With just a week left until its October 3 premiere, there’s a new piece to the puzzle that can prepare fans for the cinematic adaptation of 2012’s top mystery: the soundtrack.
Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor teamed with longtime collaborator Atticus Ross to concoct a score that’s just as eerie as Gone Girl’s plot line. A snippet of the work dropped late last week; now you can stream the full soundtrack on NPR. Comprising 24 songs in total, Reznor told The Wall Street Journal that the eery set had a benign inspiration: massages.
“Think about the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors …The way that it artificially tries to make you feel like everything’s OK,” Reznor said. Director David Fincher added “I was listening to that calming, placating music and thought, ‘We need to tap into this.’ The movie is about the facade of the good neighbor, the good Christian, the good wife. So the notion was to start with music that’s attempting to give you a hug.”
“And then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel,” added Reznor. Certainly not the peaceful retreat we associate with a spa day.
As for teaming with Ross, Reznor says “it’s been an uncompromising, fantastic creative process.” One that’s garnered them an Oscar for the score to The Social Network, and a Grammy for soundtracking Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. “The music becomes part of the film’s DNA,” Ross told WSJ. “To create that transporting experience in the cinema, all the different elements of the film need to be one piece of art.”
Get your Gone Girl fix on NPR, and head to theaters for its premiere next Friday.