Sonic the Hedgehog's Green Hill Zone track is the pinnacle of upbeat, energetic video game music, enthusiastically propelling the player headlong into a fantastic adventure. Slow it down, however, and it's something straight out of an experimental horror film.

This video, upped by Rob Crossley over at CVG, grants us insight into the motivation behind Sonic's never-ending quest for speed. Should he slow down for even a moment, this is what happens. This is the sound of the Elder Gods' return, discordant bells tolling off the coast of New England as the seas bubble and boil. The air turns poisonous, the crops crumble to dust.

Sanity is slipping away. Doo-doo-dee-doo-doo-do-do-do.

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