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Old 11-29-2022, 06:31 AM   #1
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Default Favourite "ironic" use of music in a movie

Favourite "ironic" use of music in a movie

By this I mean when a movie uses a nice, pleasant song during an intense action sequence or scene of horror.

For example "Somewhere over the rainbow" being used during a shootout in Face/Off.

I think this is one of the earliest examples i can recall seeing, but i'm sure there are plenty before this and certainly plenty after.

What are some of your favourites?
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"Blue Moon" used during the transformation scene in An American Werewolf in London.
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"Blue Moon" used during the transformation scene in An American Werewolf in London.
That's great, a much earlier example. I haven't watched that movie in ages.
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Title sequence to funny games with John Zorn’s Naked City track over the top of the wholesome family car ride. Always makes me smile


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Even though I disliked the movie, The Purge's opening credit sequence overlays a rather pleasant Debussy piece over scenes of street violence and riots. It's rather effective imo.
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The Guest - the synthpop song “Anthonio” by Annie (about a love affair) playing throughout the final confrontation between David and Anna.
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Old 11-29-2022, 07:45 AM   #8
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The Strangers: Prey at Night - Total Eclipse of the Heart during the pool scene and Making Love Out of Nothing at All during the final battle scene.
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Old 11-29-2022, 07:48 AM   #9
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"Stuck in the Middle With You" by Stealer's Wheel, in Reservoir Dogs. To me, it's the best thing about the movie. Every time I've heard it since seeing the movie, I've thought about that scene.

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Singin in the rain in Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange or We'll Meet Again from Kubrick's Dr' Strangelove.

Hooray for Hollywood from Altman's The Long Goodbye or There's No Business like Show Business in Fosse's All that Jazz.

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"Hip To Be Square" in American Psycho.
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"Looking for the Magic" used multiple times in You're Next.
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Something in the way by Nirvana in The Batman.

I thought it fit perfectly when used
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"Angel of the Morning" in the opening of Deadpool.
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Komm Susser Tod in The End of Evangelion, because it only sounds ironic at first.
It sounds like a happy pop song at first even when it's playing over the apocalypse, but when you listen to the lyrics, you get bleak lyrics about suicide and failure.
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Underscoring of "Isn't it Romantic?" while John Lund drives through bombed out Berlin in Billy Wilder's A Foreign Affair.
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"Angel of the Morning" in the opening of Deadpool.
Ditto.
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Liberace playing Moonlight Sonata during the hobbling scene in Misery. It's not just the music, it's the fact that the king of kitsch is playing it that makes the scene even more unsettling.
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