Dark mystery runs through the new psychological thriller A Cure for Wellness and it was composer Benjamin Wallfisch’s responsibility to “find a musical language that could communicate that subtext,” he explains in a new behind-the-scenes video premiering exclusively with Billboard.
The Gore Verbinski-directed film follows a young executive who is sent to retrieve his boss from a “wellness center” tucked away in the Swiss Alps before he is also diagnosed with the same illness as the rest of the guests. In the video, Wallfisch artfully describes creating themes for the film’s main characters and how they tie into the film’s eerie narrative.
The video shows features shots of a live orchestra recording the score at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, intercut with increasingly unsettling clips, including one of a woman bathing in a tub filled with writhing snakes and another of naked bodies floating in tanks.
In the video, Wallfisch poses the question, “How do we find true meaning in a world of consumerism and material gain, where we have to strive to find truth in a maze of media manipulation?”
A Cure for Wellness will be released in theaters on Friday (Feb.17) via Twentieth Century Fox. Watch the behind-the-scenes video here:
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