At the beginning of 2018, the film world was shocked by the passing of composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. He was a rising star known for his Oscar-Winning work on The Theory of Everything and frequent collaborations with Dennis Villeneuve. He was no stranger to working on genre films, composing the score for Villeneuve’s sci-fi hit Arrival and Darren Aronofsky’s arthouse thriller Mother! (wasn’t used, but he served as sound consultant on the film). One of his last compositions was for the action-horror romp Mandy starring Nicolas Cage, which has been showered in positive reviews.
Jóhannsson’s contributions to the film have been praised for its inventiveness, including guitar from Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))). In anticipation for the release of Mandy, which hits theaters in September, it’s been announced that Lakeshore Records will be releasing the score and soundtrack in digital album form. The album will be available across all digital platforms, including the track “Children of the Dawn” already available! I have not seen the movie, or even the trailer (which made waves recently, check out our recap!), but if the film is anything like what the track sounds like: horror fans are in for a treat. It definitely has some Suspiria vibes in there, but with a harder, guitar-driven edge to it.
Jóhannsson was an incredible composer, I would have loved to see him venture more into the horror genre. But just as many greats, their work lives on through their work. And all signs point to his work on Mandy being added to his impressive resumé. The film and soundtrack will be released September 14th, 2018 so be on the look out!
Mandy is set in the primal wilderness of 1983 where Red Miller, a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.