2020s

Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Coming Home in the Dark’

Coming Home in the Dark Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Movie

The Coming Home in the Dark soundtrack includes music by The Avengers, Sir Howard Morrison and The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. This info article contains spoilers for James Ashcroft’s 2021 movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

Coming Home in the Dark stars Daniel Gillies as a violent Kiwi drifter named Mandrake. Erik Thompson and Miriama McDowell co-star as Hoaggie and and Jill, respectively; a couple who vacations with their two children. The narrative takes a dark when Mandrake seeks revenge for physical abuse that he and his classmates endured during their formative years at a Hakawai Point school. Here’s every featured song in Coming Home in the Dark, an adaptation of Owen Marshall’s 1995 short story.

Coming Home in the Dark Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2021 Movie

Coming Home in the Dark Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Movie

  • “How Great Thou Art” by Sir Howard Morrison (01:02:00): The Coming Home in the Dark soundtrack song plays during an extended sequence. Mandrake receives a radio signal and sets the station at 105.9. A flat tire causes the villain to swerve off the road. The song becomes more prominent as Mandrake and Tubs (Matthias Luafutu) remove Hoaggie from the back of their vehicle. Tubs changes the tire. Mandrake flags down a passing vehicle. The Coming Home in the Dark soundtrack music continues as Hoaggie escapes; the music drops suddenly when the character falls.
  • “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: II: Åses Død” by Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (01:15:00): Tubs wipes down a compact disc and plays the music in a vehicle. Mandrake curiously observes his friend, just moments after stating that they need to make one more stop before visiting a pub. The Coming Home in the Dark soundtrack song aligns with Tubs’ mood upon returning to Hakawai Point, a place where he experienced horrors during his childhood. Mandrake says “I spy with my little eye…” as a sign for their destination appears; the music cuts as the characters arrive.

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The Coming Home in the Dark soundtrack also includes “Waterpipe” by The Avengers.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.