'A Wrinkle In Time' & 14 Other Movie Trailers Featuring Moody Covers

A Wrinkle In Time
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Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which and Storm Reid as Meg Murry in A Wrinkle In Time.

Ava DuVernay’s hotly anticipated adaptation of the beloved fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters today. How hotly anticipated is it? Well, the teaser trailer alone has 6.6 million views. Which means that moviegoers are not only amped to finally see a movie starring both Oprah Winfrey and Zach Galifianakis, but it means they’ve heard Mark Hadley featuring Dresage’s cover of the oft-covered “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" a lot of times. 

Then again, if you’ve been to the movies in the past few years, you’ve heard your fair share of moody songs during the coming attractions.

In addition to the, ahem, sweet trailer for A Wrinkle in Time and its inclusion of the latest take on the Eurythmics staple, here are 14 other movies that showcased dramatic covers in their previews.  

The Social Network

This was the one that started it all, really. The instantly classic trailer, which featured the chorus of the Scala & Kolacny Brothers singing Radiohead’s “Creep” to images of Facebook profile pictures and statuses, all but made The Social Network a must-see back in 2010.

Zero Dark Thirty

Haunting chorus (once again, the Scala & Kolacny Brothers, this time crooning Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”) + haunting visuals (in this case, the manhunt for Osama bin Laden) = trailer gold.

Avengers: Age of Ultron  

Pinocchio has made quite the pop culture comeback over the past year. Not only was his anthem “I’ve Got No Strings” featured in a Beats By Dre commercial, but he even got his own super sad cover via L’Orchestra Cinematique to appear in the teaser for the latest chapter in The Avengers series.

X-Men Apocalypse

Superheroes, slo-mo visuals and super sulky covers of songs (this time around it's Clairity’s take on the already-moody “Don’t Panic” by Coldplay) strike once again.

The Girl on the Train

Taking its cue from fellow tantalizing-book-made-into-drab-movie Fifty Shades, the adaptation of The Girl on the Train had a slinkier version of Kanye West’s “Heartless” in the preview.

Suicide Squad

Everyone was pretty damn excited when the Comic Con trailer for Suicide Squad came out, which was set to Confidential Music and Becky Hanson’s dreamy cover of the Bee Gees' “I Started a Joke.” And then…the movie was released.  

Mad Max: Fury Road

Confidential Music, you magnificent bastards, at it again with Shepherd’s otherworldly version of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World” for the trailer of The Greatest Movie Ever Made. Well done.

San Andreas

Any song about California set to a haunting choir could have worked here (imagine Phantom Planet’s “California” getting the same treatment) but, in this instance, the total destruction of the Golden State was set to Robot Koch and Delhia de France’s cover of The Mamas & the Papas' “California Dreamin’.”

Transformers: The Last Knight

It makes sense that a Transformer would appreciate a good cover, considering they transform from one thing to another. Or we’re just overthinking it and got wrapped up in Ursine Vulpine’s techno-friendly take on The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??”


Jake Gyllenhaal was spectacularly spooky as a sociopath in Nightcrawler and Jetta’s chilling cover of Ten Years After’s “I’d Love to Change the World” is the perfectly ironic accompaniment.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

?Already famously a cover by Nina Simone, DiSA’s new spin on “New World Coming”  (which originally belonged to ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot) breathed new life into a classic. If only the movie had done the same.

The Gallows

What’s scarier than attempting to put on a play in a haunted auditorium? Why, Malia J.’s oh-so-sad take on Nirvana’s iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Ghost in the Shell

?Nothing was saving the whitewashed Ghost in the Shell from getting its deserved shellacking from fans and critics alike, but there was Ki: Theory’s awesome sendup of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” in the preview, so at least it had that going for it.

Dracula Untold

Just like she deserved better at this year’s Grammys, Lorde and her most excellent cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (which hails from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack) deserved better than the Dracula Untold preview.