Let’s face it – movies are ridiculously expensive to make. And with everyone throwing their hands in the air and straight-out pirating them, studios have to use cheap gimmicks and tested formulas to make sure they’ll actually pay out in the end. That’s why the last Tarantino movie featured less “Tarantino Dialogue” and more “Crazy People Cursing”. As such, it’s easy to see why soundtracks have had less importance since The Pirate Bay became a thing. Soundtracks can no longer provide a guarantee that they will bring the masses to the cinema the way, say, 3D can. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good soundtracks in recent movies (like Harry Potter and LOTR) but really, expecting that a movie based upon a book that was sold by the millions could be nothing other a smash hit is just insane. Therefore, such films can afford having soundtrack budgets nearly as big as the producer’s coke allowance. Following that logic, all the other lower-budget movies have to settle for the soundtrack equivalent of The Nyan Cat song, right?
Not exactly. Here are 8 movies that suck big time and yet manage to have ridiculously awesome, fist-pumping soundtracks that will give you eargasms.
8. The Last Airbender
A movie famously known for being so dark it was damn next to impossible to see what the fuck was happening on the screen, The Last Airbender is also notorious for being the last movie in the constant downslope that is the career of M. Night Shyamalan. It has been criticized for butchering the cartoon series upon which it was based, as well as a terrible script and soulless drones pretending to act in it. It was the rare occasion that both regular moviegoers and fans alike had the same opinion: seriously, fuck you M. Night Shyamalan.
The movie has some great music, though. I can see why. It’s a big budget blockbuster, complete with 3D and everything. Hey, if I was a studio executive and somebody pitched me this, I’d say hell yes – the premise is solid. So, no wonder they could afford hiring someone like James Newton Howard (the guy that did the music for Nolan’s Batman trilogy and King Kong, among others) to make a soundtrack so epic it puts the Skyrim theme to shame.
7. Spiderman 3
The last in the line of Sam Raimi’s Spiderman movies, and a final verification that Sam Raimi is in fact batshit insane. Even if you haven’t watched it, you probably know it as “that movie with the emo Peter Parker”. It had way too many villains, way too many girlfriends, an impossible-to-follow Green Goblin storyline and this:
It’s similar to the Airbender movie mentioned above: great premise, lots of money, and yet a hilarious failure on delivery. It also has music written by Danny Elfman, known as the main composer of Mission Impossible, Men in Black, the first two Spiderman movies and every Tim Burton movie in existence.