ByTino Jochimsen, writer at
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Tino Jochimsen

You know the sound.

The trailers for Prometheus, Immortals, Battleship, Wrath of the Titans, John Carter and many more employed the BRAAAAAM, this sweet noise sounding like something between an eager trombone player and an emphatic fart.

First heard - to my knowledge - in the trailer for Christopher Nolan's Inception, the BRAAAM has been with us ever since.

It seems to me however, that a different aural trend has become more and more prevalent in the art of trailering, albeit mostly for less blockbuster-y movies: The offbeat cover version of a famous song.

What follows is a selection of trailers employing this technique.

Gone Girl - Elvis Costello's "She" by Richard Butler

The Social Network - Radiohead's "Creep" by Vega Choir

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" by Trent Reznor & Karen O

The Departed - Pink Floy's "Comfortably Numb" by Van Morrison

Dead Man Down - Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Kendra Morris

The Great Gatsby - The Turtles' "Happy Together" by Filter

Inside Llewyn Davis - "Dink's Song/ Fare Thee Well" by Oscar Isaac & Marcus Mumford

Safe Haven - Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" by Lissie


What's your favorite cover/trailer?

I probably missed a lot of trailer-cover combos. Enlighten me in the comment section below!


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