Monthly Soundtrack Reviews: Gone Girl

Soundtrack: Gone Girl
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Year: 2014
Composer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Stand Out Track: What Have We Done To Each Other?
Works Well With: Horror, Thrillers

This soundtrack is very different to all the others I've reviewed thus far. And I promise there will be no spoilers for the book or the film within this review, so don't worry if you've yet to experience the story yourself.

The music on this soundtrack has such a dark undercurrent. On the surface, some pieces are gentle and nice, but the longer they go on, the stranger they become. Discordant noises underpin the melodies. Just give Sugar Storm or Like Home a listen, and you'll hear what I mean.

The music is very reminiscent of the Silent Hill soundtracks. The Way He Looks At Me, with its drum beat and bizarre accompaniments, would fit perfectly into that game series. It's why the Gone Girl OST is such a great tool for people writing horror or dark thrillers. Some tracks seem to drip with madness, which could translate quite nicely into a tormented character. Perpetual sounds especially claustrophobic, like nothing can be trusted. Consummation is terrifying in its steadily increasing urgency. It really sounds like something's coming to get you.

While this isn't the kind of soundtrack I'd stick on in the car, it's perfect for writing grim, terrifying, and tense moments with. Can't recommend it enough for those of you who like a creepy edge to your work.

Do you have a favourite score to write horror with?

Comments

  1. I really need to watch this movie! I was planning to read the book first but time is not on my side there. I looove Reznor's work.

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    1. The film is a brilliant adaptation. It has a few big bits missing that I liked from the book, but it works very well. And the OST is so chilling.

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