72 voters

21 Movie Trailers with Slowed Down Cover Songs

532 votes 72 voters 4.7k views21 items

List RulesVote up the best uses of dramatic song covers in movie trailers

There's something both enchanting and unnerving about movie trailers with slowed down song covers. There's the brief moment where you're trying to put your finger on it. Then there's the familiarity, but with something... off. Then the song itself usually puts a haunting spin on a classic (typically upbeat and happy) song. A hit song playing out at half speed has become the go-to way to let an audience know that a movie ss grim, gritty, and super dramatic.

Whether it's a childhood classic (the Pinocchio song cover in Avengers: Age of Ultron) a rock song warped and song by a choir ("Black Hole Sun" in Walk Among the Tombstones) or even a recent catchy pop song ("Crazy" in Birdman) there's something strangely sad about slowed music covers. We think it really started with that version of "Mad World" that Gary Jules did for Donnie Darko. People realized it worked, and triggered a wave of both nostalgia and foreboding. Soon it was everywhere.

We wanted to take a look back at the trend and collect the trailers that utilize the technique, so here, without further ado, are more than 20 movie trailers that slow down familiar songs to convey the dark, edgy, grittiness of the films they're advertising.
  • Video: YouTube
    "Mad World" originally by Tears for Fears
    Agree or disagree?

    More Donnie Darko 

    #11 of 126 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time#291 of 451 The Best Movies For Guys#232 of 306 The Greatest Movie Themes

  • Video: YouTube
    "I Started a Joke" originally by The Bee Gees
    Agree or disagree?

    More Suicide Squad 

    Things in Suicide Squad That Were Actually Pretty Good#153 of 178 The Greatest Comic Book Movies Of All Time#77 of 136 The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

  • Video: YouTube
    "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley
    Agree or disagree?

    More Birdman 

    #78 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#1242 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#60 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture

  • Video: YouTube
    "I've Got No Strings" originally by Dickie Jones
    Agree or disagree?

    More The Avengers: Age of Ultron 

    The Best Marvel Easter Eggs in Avengers: Age of Ultron#113 of 116 The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made#29 of 156 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made