7 Spooky Song Remakes That Set a Terrifying Tone for Film Trailers

Olivia Bee

Lorde photographed on Dec. 19, 2017 at Jonkers Farm in Auckland, New Zealand.

On Thursday, the trailer for the upcoming Jordan Peele-penned Candyman remake dropped featuring an eerie remix of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name." The slowed-down version of the 1999 hit by Beyoncé & Co. chops and screws the girl group's vocals into a sinister chant as the trailer introduces the titular baddie hiding behind the mirror.

To mark the trailer's release, Billboard has rounded up some of the spookiest song remakes in film trailers in modern Hollywood history, from Dracula Untold and Suicide Squad to Donnie Darko and The Stand.

Lorde, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" -- Dracula Untold

For the trailer of 2014's Dracula Untold, Lorde went exceptionally dark with her cover of Tears for Fears' 1985 classic "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." Over stark piano and thundering claps, the New Zealand pop star declares, "Welcome to your life/ There's no turning back/ Even while we sleep/ We will find you" with menacing promise.

Confidential MX feat. Becky Hanson, "I Started a Joke" -- Suicide Squad

D.C. Comics' big bad answer to Marvel's Avengers enlisted a sweeping cover of the Bee Gees' 1968 hit "I Started a Joke" for the trailer to 2016's Suicide Squad. While the supervillain team-up was met with middling reviews, the film garnered enough momentum and love from fans to earn a spin-off, 2020's Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), centered around the fan-favorite character played by Margot Robbie.

Marilyn Manson, "The End" -- The Stand

Last fall, Marilyn Manson covered The Doors' "The End" for the latest TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. While the artist seems like the perfect choice to carry on Jim Morrison F-word-laced tirade from the nearly 12-minute 1967 track, the official audio seems to have been scrubbed from the web. Don't worry though: Manson's version will be available as a 12-inch single on vinyl on March 6.

Gary Jules, "Mad World" -- Donnie Darko

Following his breakout performance in 1999's October Sky, Jake Gyllenhaal became a bona fide star in 2001's Donnie Darko. The cult Sundance hit featured the then-21-year-old playing a troubled teen haunted by confusing and strange doomsday visions. As such, Gary Jules' cover of "Mad World" (yet another Tears For Fears song on this list) provided the perfect soundtrack for the film's teaser, as the singer forlornly declared "And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad/ The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had."

Skylar Grey, "Addicted to Love" -- Endless Love

The 2014 remake of Brooke Shields' 1981 romance Endless Love already seems to have been forgotten in the annals of little-seen 21st century remakes, but the trailer for the Alex Pettyfer-starring vehicle employed a supremely creepy rendition of Robert Palmer's 1986 classic "Addicted to Love." Performed by pop singer Skylar Grey, the cover boiled Palmer's original guitar-fueled rock anthem down to a lilting lullaby glinting an undercurrent of fatal attraction.

Pia Ashley, "Every Breath You Take" -- Blair Witch

Originally released under the faux title The Woods to hide the fact that it was a new chapter in the Blair Witch series, this follow-up to runaway 1999 hit The Blair Witch Project gave new meaning to the declaration "I'll be watching you," first sung by The Police under the guise of grand romance back in 1983.

Luniz, "I Got 5 on It" -- Us

Nineties hip-hop fans who caught the trailer for Jordan Peele's upcoming horror flick Us probably felt a wave of nostalgia wash over when they heard the Luniz classic "I Got 5 on It" playing in the opening sequence. But the mood quickly shifts from nostalgia to horror, thanks to the eerie new take on the song.


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