I recently came across a brilliant re-cut of Mary Poppins called “Scary Mary” which turns the classic children’s film into a truly creepy and scary horror movie resembling the Exorcist. Here is the YouTube segment:
It is amazing what some eerie music and shuffling the scenes around can do. Who knew that Julie Andrews could be so freaking scary?
I have to admit that I was ignorant of this growing video genre in which movies and movie trailers are recut and so I researched this online. Apparently there is an entire site at http://www.thetrailermash.com/ which showcases recut movie trailers. Most of these recut trailers are really mashups in which trailers and scenes from various movies are combined. Few match the sheer brilliance displayed by the Mary Poppins Horror Recut which produced “Scary Mary” without adding any new scenes at all.
One recut trailer which takes the opposite approach is The Shining Recut, in which the famous horror movie is transformed into a romantic comedy, with Jack Nicholson as a foster parent to the little boy. Again, changing the soundtrack (in this case Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” plays in the background) changes the entire mood of the film. The sickeningly sweet montage makes you wish that Jack would start wielding an axe after all.
I have to say that I am hooked on these weird little videos, and will post more when I find more post-worthy mashups and recuts.