Listen: Reznor Previews Eerie ‘Gone Girl’ Score

Gone Girl

If you’ve ever had a strange craving for things that don’t seem to go together whatsoever, this is for you: The third collaboration between director David Fincher and musicians Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross orbits Gone Girl, the new Ben Affleck vehicle. So in a way, Reznor’s working with Batman.

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This weekend, the NIN nucleus offered up a preview of the Gone Girl soundtrack, which is inspired in part by “the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors,” Reznor explained to the Wall Street Journal.


This isn’t exactly the kind of stuff you put on for mood music, or any goddamn reason whatsoever, if we’re being completely honest. While sycophantic Reznor disciples breathlessly praise the sounds, presently all we’re hearing is a loose mood setting in a digital purgatory. Here’s hoping there’s more form and function in the finished product – but given Reznor’s track record, we doubt there’s any cause for concern.

Fincher later clarified the massage parlor reference, playing off his musical counterpart: “I said a spa, not a massage parlor! 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.”

Gone Girl opens October 3rd.