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Fincher previously told The Wall Street Journal that the inspiration for the ominous score was the relaxing music he heard while getting his back adjusted at a spa.
READ MORE ‘Gone Girl’: Film Review
“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,” he says. “So the notion was to start with music that’s attempting to give you a hug.”
Reznor remembers the initial conversation consisting of some creepier motifs: “He said, ‘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. And then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel.’ “
Still, the score features lilting, piano-driven melodies that often evolve into more haunting sounds, featuring more electronic elements.
Gone Girl makes its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on Friday and hits theaters one week later on Oct. 3.
Listen to the Gone Girl soundtrack here.
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