Just because a film flops it doesn’t mean that the soundtrack should be flushed down the toilet along with it. Soundtracks are meant to accompany movies and add to the ambiance and personality of the film. However, there are occasions where the soundtrack is successful regardless of the reception of the film.
The Crow: City of Angels. A sequel to the 1994 cult Classic The Crow. Unfortunately, it went straight to DVD and was received with much negative criticism. Even so, the soundtrack is fantastic. It holds true to the dark rock and roll themes within the film. A few of the album highlights are: “Gold Dust Woman” written by Stevie Nicks and performed by Hole. As well as “In a Lonely Place” performed by Bush.
Twilight. This 2008 film was just plain bad. The movie was a hit with the vampire-loving tweens of the world, and a complete disgrace to almost everyone else. Everything from the acting to the cheesy blue filter of the film was just cringe-worthy. But the soundtrack was something to take a deeper look at. It included many noteworthy artists including: Muse, Paramore, Iron & Wine, and Linkin Park.
Romeo + Juliet. Romeo + Juliet is the 1996 re-imagination of Shakespeare’s classic romance. The film was directed by Baz Lurmann and like his other work, it is quirky and borderline absurd. Needless to say it wasn’t everybody’s taste, but the same can’t be said for the great soundtrack. Highlights include: “Talk Show Host” by Radiohead, “Kissing You” by Des’ree, and “Love Fool” by The Cardigans.
The Bling Ring. The Bling Ring, directed by Sophia Coppola. There’s not much to say about it other than the film, which was based on the true events of thieving group of teens, was highly underwhelming. The soundtrack, on the other hand, was a highly-charged compilation of rap and pop songs. Some of the artists that graced the track listing are: Kanye West, MIA, and Frank Ocean.
The Bodyguard. The Bodyguard released in 1992, is based around the relationship of a pop diva and her bodyguard. Whitney Houston stars in the film, and when you have a musical powerhouse like Houston in the lead role it’s impossible for it to have a bad soundtrack. Although many thought the film was disappointing, the soundtrack was downright moving. The most notable song on the track list aptly being, “I Will Always Love You” performed by Whitney Houston.
Purple Rain. Purple Rain, released in 1984, was a soundtrack/album created by Prince that accompanied a rock musical movie of the same name. The movie was so bad that it was good, and the soundtrack was so good that it has become a classic in pop history. Highlights include: “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Purple Rain.”
Step Up. Step Up, the 2006 dance film that spawned an endless string of pointless sequels. Though the film was predictable and played on the heartstrings of love-struck teens, the soundtrack did its job well. It made you want to get up and dance. Some of the most dance inducing tracks on the album include: “Get Up” by Ciara, and “80’s Joint” by Kellis.
Queen of the Dammed. Queen of the Dammed is a 2002 horror film based on loosely on the novel, The Vampire Lestat, written by Anne Rice. It stars Stuart Townsend and the late great Aaliyah. Though this film was highly anticipated, it failed to live up to expectations and was negatively received by audiences and critics. But the soundtrack was a everything that the movie should have been; haunting, dark, and sexy. Highlights include: “Redeemer” by Marilyn Manison, “Slept So Long” by Jay Gordon, and “Forsaken” by David Draiman.