Opening in theaters today, Neon‘s thriller, Pig stars Nicolas Cage plays a truffle hunter on a mission to find his missing pig, the titular character. The thriller also stars Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin, and Gretchen Corbett.
The score composed for Pig features perfectly timed swells of music that just amp up the suspense. It fills the space with suspense and vigor, as if it needed more of that. With a score composed by Alexis Grapsas (whose credits include Monday, Big Shot, Empire, Outer Banks, What/If) and Philip Klein (whose credits include Joker, The Mandalorian, Jungle Cruise, Raya and the Last Dragon, A Hidden Life, Captain Fantastic), their combined, diverse experience is evident in the style attributed to the overall approach of the movie. The inflections of violin and string instruments are perfect for this film. The score absolutely matches the intensity Nicolas Cage brings to this film with his performance. Subdued but still brutal, this character study honestly draws out some of the best acting yet from Cage.
In addition to the fantastic score, here are some of the songs featured on the soundtrack of Pig:
“Black Veil” by Roseblood
While Rob (Nicolas Cage) walks through the club to meet up with the mysterious individual Edgar (Darius Pierce), “Black Veil” by Roseblood plays. Kathy Foster wrote and sings the song, which was released under her stage name Roseblood.
“Work That Skirt” by The B-52’s
This song by the B-52’s plays while Rob (Cage) and Amir (Alex Wolff) walk through the back of that restaurant where Amir’s friend works. The B-52’s released the song on their album, Whammy!, released in 1983.
“I Only Have Eyes For You” by The Flamingos
When Rob (Cage) and Amir (Wolff) show up at one of Edgar’s (Pierce) infamous fights, The Flamingo’s “I Only Have Eyes For You” soundtracks the scene. The song continues to play as Cage fights in the scene. Probably the oldest of the songs featured in Pig, the Flamingos’ version of the song was released in 1959. Originally written and released for the 1934 film, Dames, it has been covered many times since.
“Lamke – Flower Duet”
Playing inside of Amir’s (Wolff) home. The “Flower Duet” is popularly used in concerts, commercials, television shows, and films. First premiering in the Léo Delibes opera, Lakmé, in 1883, the song adds a level of sophistication and reinforces the wealth that Amir and his family have.
“I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen
In one of the most chill-inducing moments of the film, which I simply refuse to spoil for you and will not be giving any further details about, we hear a cover of the song playing. Springsteen released the song as the fourth single off his hit album, Born in the U.S.A., in 1985.
Catch Pig playing in theaters now.