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There was a time when all a Blockbuster movie trailer needed to do was blow something up to the derivative bwarm of an Inception-style horn blast in order to generate hype, then picked up on a small trend and changed everything. Ever since twisted its Disney roots with a haunting remix of Pinocchio's "I've Got No Strings," more and more studios have looked to offset the tone of their trailers with surreal remixes of classic tunes.

Indie films and less-successful action flicks have had this down for a while, from The Social Network's trailer rendition of Radiohead's 'Creep', to Wrath of The Titans with Marilyn Manson's raspy Sweet Dreams. Yet it's and the behemoth that pulls the strings of Hollywood nowadays, with every Studio desperate to replicate that multi-billion dollar success.

Everyone from Batman to the Xenomorphs in the franchise are causing carnage to classic anthems nowadays, and here's a few examples of recent and upcoming blockbusters that've jumped on the remix bandwagon.

Mad Max: Fury Road

  • Directed By: George Miller
  • Initial Release: 2015
  • Featured Song: 'Wild World', by Cat Stevens

The heavy Junkie XL mix of this appropriately titled Cat Stevens song is the perfect partner for the on-screen chaos of Miller's Fury Road, the trailers for which hoodwinked audiences with what looked to be a slightly brainless action romp, before delivering a post-apocalyptic feminist parable on wheels.

Suicide Squad

  • Directed By: David Ayer
  • Release: 2016
  • Featured Song: 'I Started A Joke', by the Bee Gees

Self-explanatory, right?

10 Cloverfield Lane

  • Directed By:
  • Initial Release: 2016
  • Featured Song: 'I Think We're Alone Now', Tommy James and the Shondells

The underrated claustrophobic sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane expanded on the events of JJ Abram's cult alien invasion movie, albeit through a very narrow lens. Again, the lyrics of the song choice are pretty pertinent to the subject matter. No spoilers though. Just don't open the door.

Alien: Covenant

  • Directed By: Ridley Scott
  • Release: May 19th, 2017
  • Featured Song: 'Nature Boy', by Nat King Cole

While there seems to be a lyrical symbolism to the preceding trailers on this list, we're still not sure if Michael Fassbender's synthetic character David is actually the 'enchanted boy' of AURORA's creepy remix. However, the eerie robot has been linked to some startling revelations about the past and future of the Alien saga. A very strange, enchanted boy indeed.

Ghost In The Shell

  • Directed By: Rupert Sanders
  • Release: Out Now In Theatres
  • Featured Song: 'Enjoy the Silence', by Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode are already known for their brilliantly melancholy techno sound, but overlaying that on a miserable cybernetic dystopia in which advertisements are larger than life and life is cowed in alleyways and you get something that looks like Scarlett Johansson's . An intriguing first trailer for a film that's currently surprising sceptics and fans alike.

Justice League

  • Directed By: Zack Snyder
  • Release: November 17th, 2017
  • Featured Song: 'Come Together', by The Beatles

have stung us before with incredible trailers and lacklustre finished products, but has got everyone talking again thanks to an immense trailer set to an appropriate remix of the fab four. Could this be the one where Warner Bros. finally gets it right?


  • Directed By: Luc Besson
  • Release: July 21st, 2017
  • Featured Song: 'Because', by The Beatles

Another exciting trailer set to a tune by The incomparable Beatles. Luc Besson apparently reached out to musical legend Paul McCartney directly for permission to use 'Because' in the trailer, and the 74-year old musician agreed after hearing a synopsis of the space opera , reportedly saying:

'For this one, because it's at least new and fresh.'

Game of Thrones Season 7

  • Directed By: Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, and Matt Shakman
  • Release: April 21st, 2016
  • Featured Song: 'Sit Down', by James

The climactic sense of scale is really underplayed by the tongue-in-cheek rendition of a proper pub song. 'Sit Down' by James is so light-hearted and pacey, but it doesn't undo the drama of Jon Snow, Daenerys, and Cersei Lannister lining up for one of the final conflicts of Westeros. That it's testament to how much is about to go off in season 7. Sit down next to me and bring the popcorn.

Trendy Tunes Or Hedged Bets?

So why are so many big-budget projects for both theatrical release and TV buying into this trend? It could be a symptom of Hollywood's remake culture, as Screencrush argues in another article exposing the trend, claiming that it could be a way to hoodwink us into assuming we're going to enjoy the show simply because we already recognise it.

Marcy Bulkeley, a music director who actually worked on Inception, certainly thinks so. She claims that the trick behind the trend is giving the audience something to latch onto within the first 10 seconds, before realising that something about the tune is uncannily new. They want to flip our expectations upside down.

Noticed any other remixed trailers out there? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Slate, Screencrush


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