The '10 Cloverfield Lane' Soundtrack Is Surprisingly Scary
For a movie with such a seemingly cute name, 10 Cloverfield Lane brings a lot of chills and thrills. Just watching the trailer is enough to grasp the creepiness of the new film, which producer J.J. Abrams told Entertainment Weekly is a "spiritual successor" of 2008's Cloverfield. The 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer features the cheery tune "I Think We're Alone Now," which serves as a juxtaposition to the terror taking place onscreen. If you dig the creepy contrast between the song and the visuals, you might be wondering what else is on the 10 Cloverfield Lane soundtrack. But the answer to this is a little more tangled than you might think.
"I Think We're Alone Now" isn't actually on the 10 Cloverfield Lane tracklist, and this is because the film doesn't have an official motion picture soundtrack. What is does have is a "music from the motion picture" soundtrack, which is the score in album form. While this might be a bummer for fans of the song's placement in the film, the good news is that the score is available now for purchase on Amazon. It's also pretty chilling, and a lot of that has to do with who created it.
The composer behind the 10 Cloverfield Lane score is Bear McCreary, best known for his work on The Walking Dead. McCreary obviously has extensive experience creating haunting music to accompany scary onscreen action, making him the right man for the job. Director Dan Trachtenberg explained to Empire that 10 Cloverfield Lane is a "mystery/suspense thriller" in the style of Hitchcock, and he praised McCreary for "bringing a lot of soul and a lot of that tension to the movie."
Interestingly, 10 Cloverfield Lane's soundtrack situation is very dissimilar from that of its predecessor Cloverfield. Cloverfield didn't have a score, which makes sense when you consider the POV documentary style in which it was shot. It also didn't have an official soundtrack. However, there is an unofficial Cloverfield accompaniment album called "Rob's Party Mix," which is a compilation of all the songs played at the party at the beginning of the film. The album, which is available on iTunes, features artists such as Kings of Leon, Sean Kingston, Gorillaz, The Black Keys, and more. Pretty different from McCreary's suspenseful instrumentals, to say the least.
So even if you're disappointed that there isn't a "regular" soundtrack for 10 Cloverfield Lane, having access to the score is still an upgrade from the first movie. And, unlike the original Cloverfield, you can go see 10 Cloverfield Lane in theaters without having to worry about getting a headache from the camerawork. Win-win.