"Soundtracks are like your favorite directors making mixtapes for you." That's why it should be no surprise that there are movie soundtracks that are better than the films they were created for.
Case in point: every movie in The Twilight Saga. They deserve recognition for their eclectic mixture of artists that gave no less than four soundtrack albums the vibe of an awesome music festival.
SYFY WIRE's Jackie Jennings runs down nine of the most underrated sci-fi soundtracks that easily outshone their respective movies. Another case in point: 1980's camp classic adaptation Flash Gordon. We love it, you love it, but it's not a great film... though that signature "Flash Gordon" theme by Queen is an all-time great.
Even fans who didn't like 1995's Batman Forever would probably concede that the soundtrack, led by Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" and U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me," was far better than it had any right to be. And while Joel Schumacher's direction of the film and its follow-up doesn’t get a lot of love, he certainly did a good job on his version of the "Kiss From a Rose" music video.
Even films that barely registered at the box office, like Southland Tales and Vanilla Sky, have albums that are hidden gems. We also give credit to Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch for putting Oscar Isaac in the movie and on the soundtrack itself as a performer.
Is The Crow's soundtrack really what "Kylo Ren's emo dreams are made of"? And which of these films had Moby as the music director? You can find out by watching the video below!
Additional material by Blair Marnell.