Soundtrack & Score
Musical Score By: ROB
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Based on a novel by Joe Hill, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe as Ignatius Perrish, a young man deeply in love with his girlfriend Merrin Williams (Juno Temple). When Merrin is brutally raped and murdered, Ig finds himself accused of the crime. A night of hard drinking transpires and when he awakens, Ig finds horns growing from his head. What's more is that the horns have the ability to make others give in to their most selfish impulses and confess their sins. Now, Ignatius Perrish decides to use the horns to uncover the circumstances behind his girlfriend's death and take revenge upon her murderer.
The Horns Soundtrack (available October 28, 2014) features rock music in many styles - alternative, industrial metal, funk, ballads, etc. performed by notable artists like David Bowie, The Pixies, Eels, Marilyn Manson, The Flaming Lips and more. The music expresses the mood of Ig throughout the film. David Bowie's Heroes speaks to the love story between Ig and Merrin. The Shivers' Lonely Road describes how Ig feels now that Merrin is gone and he has been falsely accused of her murder.
Personal Jesus is Marilyn Manson's twisted sort of love song that can also be equated to the power of Ig's new horns, compelling people to admit their sins. The Flaming Lips' Evil can be Ig's ode to Merrin. You can actually picture Ig, thinking about Merrin and perhaps wondering what he could have done to prevent her murder with these lyrics: "I wish I could go back / Go back in time / I wish I could go back / Back in time / Go back in time / I would have warned you / Those people are evil / And it's hard to understand / I never understand."
The musical score of Horns (available now) was created by French musician and composer ROB, also known as Robin Coudert. Having played the piano since he was a child, Robin Coudert has worked on a number of projects which have received praise and is a touring member and studio musician for the band Phoenix. He has composed musical scores for films like Belle Epine, Jimmy Rivière, Radiostars and Maniac.
According to ROB, " This was my second experience working with Alex Aja [director]. We had so much fun on Maniac, and we get along so naturally, so it was a real pleasure to be chosen for Horns. It was very challenging at the same time, because we had to create something totally new and different.” To that end, ROB decided to focus on the love story, using classical piano and strings to express the emotions of Ig's love for Merrin, the main theme of which can be found in the tracks First Love and Lift. "The movie had to start like a sentimental drama, to share Ig's pain and dive slowly with him into hell,” ROB explains. “The concept of growing horns is so weird, I wanted to keep the feeling that everything is (almost) normal, sad but normal, until the horns show up."
When the horns start to grow in and strange things begin to happen because of them, the mood of the music changes. Death Choir offers up a spooky choral motif. Caddie is the first sign of some evil in motion. The music takes on a darker tone, with low registry string performances and deep resonating horns. Electric guitars and synths make a sinister sounding appearance on tracks entitled Dry Finger and Dry. Metal striking metal accentuate the horror of what happens to Merrin in the track Rape.
The Horns Original Score tells a tale of extreme emotion from beginning to end, allowing the listener to understand the emotions that lead Ignatius to become the horned avenger that he eventually turns into. Sure, the consequences are dire, but we can understand them thanks to the depth of Ig's emotions as revealed through ROB's outstanding musical score. I had not actually been inspired to see Horns prior to listening to its soundtrack and score, but now that I have, I find it's a movie I must see. Definitely a credit to the score's composer and the excellent selection of songs.