Hear the first snippet of Trent Reznor's score for 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

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Remember back in the beginning of the summer when everybody got excited about Trent Reznor’s awesome new rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”with Karen O that appeared in the teaser trailer for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? (Just as a reminder, that trailer still rules.)

In addition to remaking classic rock songs in his own image, Reznor, along with tag-team partner Atticus Ross, is providing the score for David Fincher’s adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larsson’s ubiquitous trilogy of novels.

The film doesn’t come out until Christmas, but the flick’s official website just got a handful of updates, including character bios and, perhaps most importantly, pieces of the score.

Not surprisingly, the six-ish minutes of music (running on a loop over images of stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara) is pretty eerie and minimalist. Reznor and Ross’ music for The Social Network (which, if you recall, won them an Oscar, bringing Reznor half way to his EGOT) was also pretty sparse, though at first blush, the Dragon Tattoo music sounds like it borrows a bit more from Reznor’s industrial past than his previous project did.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that this is the only creepy portion of the score and the rest of the hour will be filled with variations on “Yakety Sax,” so it’s unclear as to whether or not it’s reflective of the whole score.

But considering the tone of the books (super violent and rapey) and the trailer (Fincher diving back into his Se7en-era neo-noir obsessions), we’re probably in for a deeply unsettling, diabolical treat. (Though admit it: You sort of want to hear Nine Inch Nails cover “Yakety Sax” now, don’t you?)

Read more on EW.com:
‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ trailer: Still liking what you see?
Trent Reznor in talks for ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’
Trent Reznor reacts to Best Score nomination for ‘The Social Network’


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  • Bethany

    I cannot WAIT to hear the soundtrack in full.

    • m

      Same here. I love what I have heard of the cover of Immigrant Song, hopefully the rest of the soundtrack is on par with that.

  • freckles

    agree with Bethany above, and cannot wait to see the fincher version of the movie. yay.

  • Jay

    NIN could cover freakin “Happy Birthday to You’ and I’d still want a piece of it!! :)
    Trent for Prez!!

    • Priyanka

      Bonus track: Popol Vuh para cualquiera de Herzog de los af1os ’70. La banda sorona de Fitzcarraldo (con elementos opere1ticos) y la de Nosferatu, predando efectos atmosfe9ricos y mfasica oscura son tremendas bandas soronas de peledculas muy buenas.Popol Vuh es una banda muy buena y las peledculas de Herzog son lo mejor (y conste que no ocupo lentes de 100 lucas ni estoy pasado a sushi). Aguirre I ademe1s tiene la gracia de ser mfasica como de descubrimiento, tener un elemento de mfasica andina al final es realmente notable.A med me gustf3 la peledcula de Von Trier. Puede que este8 demasiado acostumbrado a cine de ese estilo.

  • KC

    I wish they would hurry up and release that Led Zep cover they did for the trailer!

    • Jenn

      I agree. Loved that cover. I wasn’t sure about another version of TGWTDT, but after seeing the trailer, I can’t wait.

  • Cinemateo

    Ha – surely you mean Atticus ROSS, not Atticus Finch. Though the To Kill A Mockingbird protagonist would probably compose a pretty awesome score with Reznor…

  • aleksa

    Any word on a release date for the soundtrack?

    • KC

      I thought I read somewhere around the end of November-early December?

  • Morgan

    I think I’d pay good money to hear a Trent Reznor/NIN version of Yakety Sax. Just saying….

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