The inspiration for Gone Girl's soundtrack — the third collaboration between director David Fincher and musicians Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross — differs by one key word. Here's Reznor's description, as told to the Wall Street Journal, followed by Fincher's slight correction:
Reznor: "[Fincher] 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.'"
Fincher: "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."
This weekend, the NIN frontman released a preview of the Gone Girl soundtrack. Comparatively, the direction Fincher gave for the Academy Award-winning Social Network score was reportedly, "the sound of creativity." Gone Girl opens October 3rd.