The Jungle Cruise film did it this year first with implementing Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” in its film and now James Wan’s Malignant has done it with The Pixes’ “Where Is My Mind.”
Like Gabriel (Ray Chase) inside Madison’s head (Annabelle Wallis), when you hear Safari Riot and Grayson Sanders’ energetic cover of Pixies track “Where Is My Mind,” it’ll be very tough to get that earworm out of your brain. It’s a tune that accompanies a few of Malignant‘s most outrageous scenes, like a missing woman suddenly falling through Madison’s ceiling within the second act. And director James Wan selected properly. After all, “Where Is My Mind” is a track that has a historical past of ushering in surprising moments in Hollywood motion pictures.
If Stephen King followers jumped on the film’s large Gabriel twist and its apparent The Dark Half inspiration, followers of the film Fight Club seemingly bought a kick from listening to the track that years in the past closed out David Fincher’s traditional movie, which, fittingly sufficient, can also be about break up personalities. But in 1999, it was the Pixies’ authentic that accompanied the well-known remaining scene of Fight Club, because the Narrator (Edward Norton) and Marla (Helena Bonham Carter) maintain arms whereas watching bombs erase the town’s skyline (and hopefully, all that pesky bank card debt). Arguably used extra successfully within the Fincher movie, “Where Is My Mind” will all the time be tied to that defining second in cinema.
Safari Riot and Sanders’ model of “Where Is My Mind” truly appears a little misplaced when it first blasts by a scene within the film, an over-the-top accompaniment to what looks as if your normal slasher flick, however it’s truly extremely acceptable — not only for the huge tonal shift afterward however the plot itself. Pixies’ frontman Black Francis initially sings of a thoughts “way out in the water,” a collapsing head with “nothing in it,” which might describe Madison’s fugue state as Gabriel takes over her physique and begins his grotesque killing spree round Seattle, with Gabriel’s presence probably symbolic of a psychological dysfunction taken to the acute.
Joseph Bishara has been the composer for multiple James Wan horror films. He sense of building tension and dread through haunting and terrifying musical arrangements is remarkable. It was pure genius to implement the Where is my Mind song into the score as it adds so much to over all story.
Malignant is now playing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.