WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014 |
Posted by: Tayi Sanusi
The art of crafting the perfect movie trailer is both a specific and experiential one. It goes without saying that music plays a key role in how a film is received and the way in which we subconsciously identify with the perceived subject material. Director and producer David Fincher has become a master at painting both a desirable and compelling picture in his movie trailers not only imagistically but also aurally. With his upcoming film Gone Girl (based on the novel by Gillian Flynn) having just released their trailer earlier today which features a cover of Charles Aznavour's "She" by Psychedelic Furs' frontman Richard Butler. Butler's haunting rendition of this classic, leaves the viewer both shaken and disturbed in the context of the film's action.
With this in mind we thought it was only appropriate to look back at some of Fincher's past movie trailers that nailed it in the department of song choice.
Fight Club (1999)
Who could forget about this disturbing gem of a movie...not me. Fincher's use of Pixies' iconic song "Where Is My Mind" perfectly sets up the audience for the dramatic action and mental turbulence of the movie. By the end of the trailer we can't wait to see where the guy(s) of Fight Club end up, and by the end of the movie we're SHOCKED to find out where they in fact end up.
The Social Network (2010)
This film was a surprisingly dark take on the story of how Facebook came to be what it is today, and again this foreshadowing can be expertly felt in the spook cover of Radiohead's misfit anthem "Creep", performed by the Belgian Women's Choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Hauntingly beautiful and harmonically flawless, we see the perfect metaphor for how social media is used to craft disconnected versions of our own selves.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
This film was beyond awesome and completely in harmony with the intense energy established in its trailer. Featuring an extra edge cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" with vocals by Karen O, and music by Trent Reznor, we were left at an angsty peak waiting for the movie to pick up where the trailer left off.