brian-mcgee - July 11, 2019
Mash-up trailers have been a thing for over a decade and a half now, what with the ubiquitous Brokeback Mountain parodies of the mid-aughts where you could just add that twangy guitar to any trailer to make it seem homoerotic. My personal favorite remains the one where they turned The Shining into a romantic comedy, complete with Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill."
Wet Hot American Midsommar is a a mash-up of exactly what you'd think from the name. The trailer retains enough footage from Midsommar to make certain things make sense, but it's mostly scenes from Wet Hot American Summer with that super creepy string music underneath it. It works like a dream and I imagine that the floodgates are now officially opened for everyone to start putting the Midsommar score under other, non-horror movies. Hell, this may not even be the first one to do it, for all I know, but I'm not about to do any research. I've got deadlines to meet, people!
Also, random thought, how weird is it watching Wet Hot American Summer and hearing H. Jon Benjamin as the voice of the can of vegetables saying "Gene" a bunch of times? It weirded me out the last time I watched it. Anyway, if this were a feature length film, I'd watch it.