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I was thinking how neat it would be if a song was used early on in the movie, and a more intense electronic-style remix used later on, after the tension/action has escalated a fair bit.

Are there any examples of this being done? I couldn't think of any.

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This may not qualify, but I remember watching a movie a while ago which used "Ooh Child" by the Five Stairsteps, over and over, including covers and instrumentals. I remember saying, there's "Ooh Child" again. –  wbogacz Mar 28 at 13:39
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Run Lola Run sort of works. They're all electronic songs, but there is an "original" version in the first run and then remixed versions used in the subsequent runs. –  phantom42 Mar 28 at 16:19
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Lost Highway begins with "I'm Deranged" by David Bowie and Brian Eno and ends with a slower version of the same song. –  Meat Trademark Mar 29 at 3:38
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Donnie Darko features 'Mad World' in its original 80s electronic version and its piano-based cover, but only in the soundtrack album, and not in the film. –  MMJZ Mar 29 at 12:18
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Hrrmmmmm So this is basically a list question to me which are typically not allowed on a majority of SE sites, including this one. Is there a way we can clean this up to have a more confined answer rather than a list of examples? –  TylerShads May 4 at 15:19

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Team America uses the opposite technique to what you suggested: the main theme song "America, F** Yeah"* is upbeat, but later in the movie a more melancholic version is used. On the soundtrack it is listed as the "Bummer remix".

This is just the first example that sprang to my mind, there are surely many examples throughout film history.

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The reverse is also used in the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead in which the song Down With the Sickness is covered by Richard Cheese in a scene during the film, and then the original (metal) version is blasted during the end credits.

I am racking my brains as I know for a fact what OP described must have been done a few times.

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