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Loach
01-27-2014, 03:35 PM
So what was the worst movie with the best soundtrack. You can choose a truly horrible movie with a decent soundtrack. You can choose a mostly bad movie with a fantastic soundtrack. Even better, find a horrible movie with an amazing soundtrack.

I really think I have the winner. While I was laying down in what felt like my deathbed this weekend I came across Blues Brothers 2000. A truly awful movie. None of the charm of the first one. Not one laugh. Boring plot. No Belushi. But the music is amazing. I watched to the end just for the music. The movie was worth making just to see the Louisiana Gator Boys at the end. One of the best super groups ever put together. And of course the Blues Brothers Band was one of the tightest R&B groups ever put together. And in this one they got a good singer in Joe Morton.

No one better mention Crossroads (Macchio not Spears) because dammit that's a great movie.

JKilez
01-27-2014, 03:42 PM
Eddie and the Cruisers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_and_the_Cruisers) was a fairly crappy movie with a chart-topping soundtrack.

SykoSkotty
01-27-2014, 03:43 PM
I totally agree with your pick for Blues Brothers 2000, but I'll add the movie "Singles" to the list.

Pretty lame movie. Incredible soundtrack.

Loach
01-27-2014, 03:49 PM
Eddie and the Cruisers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_and_the_Cruisers) was a fairly crappy movie with a chart-topping soundtrack.

I kind of liked that movie. And the soundtrack was trying really hard to be a Springsteen ripoff. But it certainly was popular. It brings me back to a simpler time. A time when we thought that Tom Berenger and Michael Pare were going to be big stars.

I totally agree with your pick for Blues Brothers 2000, but I'll add the movie "Singles" to the list.

Pretty lame movie. Incredible soundtrack.

Singles was pretty bad. But I don't think the movie part was totally unwatchable. It is Cameron Crowe after all. I seem to remember a few good parts. I'll have to go back and try it again to see.

Jackmannii
01-27-2014, 03:53 PM
"La Bamba" is a good soundtrack with standout performances from Los Lobos and a couple of other good numbers (including a semi-uncanny Eddie Cochranesque rendition of "Summertime Blues" by Brian Setzer).

The movie on the other hand is second-rate with distracting subplots including Ritchie Valens' relationships with his mother, irritating half-brother and girlfriend whose parents Do Not Approve Of The Relationship. I've never been able to stomach watching it all the way through, but the album is worthwhile.

TimToyGeek
01-27-2014, 03:55 PM
The first one that came to my mind was 'One From the Heart'. A muddled mess of a drama (from Coppola, no less) but a wonderful soundtrack by Tom Waits with Crystal Gayle.

Tim

Kamino Neko
01-27-2014, 04:03 PM
Unpopular opinion time - Highlander. Yes, the first one.

The movie had a great premise, but squandered it on a paper thin plot and characters who never quite rose to being two-dimensional (although Clancy Brown as the Kurgan almost salvaged it on that front).

But A Kind of Magic is pretty much the best soundtrack album ever.

ChockFullOfHeadyGoodness
01-27-2014, 04:10 PM
Alleged comedy Young Einstein (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096486/). Ebert's review summed it up accurately: "Young Einstein is a one-joke movie, and I didn't laugh much the first time." Great soundtrack though, a nice sampler of late 80s Australian bands, including the Paul Kelly hit "Dumb Things"

Equipoise
01-27-2014, 04:34 PM
The first one that came to my mind was 'One From the Heart'. A muddled mess of a drama (from Coppola, no less) but a wonderful soundtrack by Tom Waits with Crystal Gayle.

TimMy husband and I love that movie, it's one of our favorites and we think it's a work of genius. But then, what do we know, we also adore The Cotton Club. We saw One From The Heart in the theater when it was first released and it blew us away. It was the first VHS we ever bought and boy was it expensive (at least $100.00) but it was worth it. We watched it dozens of times over the years. Unfortunately no one will ever see the theatrical version we fell in love with. Several years ago it was released on DVD and the editing was completely butchered, ruining the entire movie. For us, anyway. All the good stuff is still there, but it doesn't fit together the same brilliant way.

But yes, the soundtrack is indeed wonderful. The film is about 4 couples, Teri Garr and Frederic Forrest who break up, then Teri Garr and her new beau Raul Julia, Frederic Forrest and his obsession with Nastassja Kinski, and the unnamed singers are characters also. They're not singing about the action on screen, they're singing about themselves.

We had the LP and wore it out but never saw a CD. Then we found the CD in a store in London at the end of a trip there. We had already spent all of our money and had to borrow cash from a friend to get it. Thanks friend!

The full album (http://youtu.be/x0iXGt4syp8) is on YouTube. Here's a beautiful taste for those who've never experienced it. Tom Waits. Crystal Gayle. Jazz Sax & trumpet. Melancholy lyrics. *melt*

"One From The Heart" (http://youtu.be/iaUl8M5GZHE)

Trinopus
01-27-2014, 04:38 PM
Barry Lyndon comes to mind.

JKilez
01-27-2014, 04:43 PM
Unpopular opinion time - Highlander. Yes, the first one.
I can get behind that. Highlander is a bad movie that grows on you after your buddies make you watch it dozens of times. The Queen songs were great and "A Kind of Magic" does act as a de facto soundtrack album.

In a similar vein I would also nominate Purple Rain. The movie does not have the cult following of Highlander, but it was pretty popular at the time. I thought it was a bad and cliched movie that would have been all but forgotten without its soundtrack. But what a soundtrack.

Slithy Tove
01-27-2014, 05:12 PM
How about Robot Monster? (http://youtu.be/7wUF0lKLQ3s) One of the worst movies ever made, scored by Elmer Bernstein, who would go on to be one of the best film composers.

Reno Nevada
01-27-2014, 05:22 PM
Eddie and the Cruisers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_and_the_Cruisers) was a fairly crappy movie with a chart-topping soundtrack.

I have not actually watched Streets of Fire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streets_of_Fire)in many years, but I don't think it is bad in the sense of unenjoyable. It might well be bad in the sense of overwrought and incredibly campy.

However, the soundtrack is all kinds of awesome.

MovieMogul
01-27-2014, 05:58 PM
Almost all the examples listed are song compilations, which is pretty easy to assemble even (or especially) for a crappy film.

My vote goes to Cutthroat Island, as craptastic a pirate movie as you can imagine, with virtually no charm or excitement, despite plenty of heavy-lifting to achieve both.

But John Debney's score? Especially as realized on the album, where it's not buried by explosions and Geena Davis talking? Absolutely brilliant, one of the best of the 90s and stands up well to the classic Korngold music from the same genre. One I listen to over and over and never get tired of it. Remarkable stuff, even though the movie it came from is truly horrible.

Dale Sams
01-27-2014, 06:03 PM
Battle Beyond the Stars
The Black Hole
Lost Horizon (I love Bacharach)
Star Trek Nemesis
The Razor's Edge

Dale Sams
01-27-2014, 06:06 PM
There are some others with dodgy reputations that have fantastic soundtracks. *I* love them, but they're not held to be very well.

The Omega Man
The Hindenburg
The Final Countdown

Doug K.
01-27-2014, 06:10 PM
All This and World War II. Clumsily edited newsreel footage set to Beatles songs performed by various artists.

Quimby
01-27-2014, 06:19 PM
Garden State

minlokwat
01-27-2014, 06:27 PM
I would consider The Last American Virgin to be more lousy than good but Rotten Tomatoes has it at a 70% approval percentage with makes my smiley all :dubious:

That said, there’s no question the soundtrack is loaded.

An eclectic mix of 80’s goodness (Whip It and I Know What Boys Like) serious power ballads (Journey’s Open Arms and Keep On Loving You by REO Speedwagon) one golden remnant from the disco years (That’s the Way...I Like it) hell you’ve even got U2 in there with I Will Follow.

But wait, there’s more! There are also well-known hits by the Police, Quincy Jones, the Cars and The Commodores.

The movie might not get the job done but this soundtrack can rock the house as strong as any other.

garygnu
01-27-2014, 06:56 PM
The soundtrack to City of Angels captured the melancholy the film was searching for. The movie had a few moments but was generally bad.

Now I remember where I've seen Andre Braugher before...

Turek
01-27-2014, 08:23 PM
In the words of Fox Mulder: Purple Rain - great album; deeply flawed movie.

Penfeather
01-27-2014, 08:25 PM
Velvet Goldmine sucked lumps as a movie, but the glam soundtrack was completely wonderful. Todd Haynes could simply have licensed a whole bunch of T.Rex and called it a day, but he took the far riskier approach of mixing original versions with modern covers and genre homages by the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke, and pulled it off magnificently. ( http://www.allmusic.com/album/velvet-goldmine-mw0000042234)

Reloy3
01-27-2014, 09:30 PM
Lost Boys - One of the best soundtracks ever.

I second Streets of Fire - Even just for "I Can Dream About You" and "Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young".

Rush - forgettable movie, but had Clapton's "Tears In Heaven".

Equipoise
01-27-2014, 10:21 PM
Velvet Goldmine sucked lumps as a movie, :confused: :( It's not a favorite or anything, but I thought it was pretty good.

I gotta stop reading this thread.

but the glam soundtrack was completely wonderful. Todd Haynes could simply have licensed a whole bunch of T.Rex and called it a day, but he took the far riskier approach of mixing original versions with modern covers and genre homages by the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke, and pulled it off magnificently. ( http://www.allmusic.com/album/velvet-goldmine-mw0000042234)Something we agree on!

duffer
01-28-2014, 01:32 PM
Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Morbo
01-28-2014, 01:37 PM
Daft Punk's soundtrack was hands-down the best thing about Tron: Legacy.

GargoyleWB
01-28-2014, 02:13 PM
With Honors, the poor man's Dead Poet Society where over-privileged rich kids struggle with the soul-crushing burden of submitting a term paper on time.

The soundtrack is an eclectic mix of 90s alternative rock and old standards.

Loach
01-28-2014, 02:44 PM
Almost all the examples listed are song compilations, which is pretty easy to assemble even (or especially) for a crappy film.

My vote goes to Cutthroat Island, as craptastic a pirate movie as you can imagine, with virtually no charm or excitement, despite plenty of heavy-lifting to achieve both.

But John Debney's score? Especially as realized on the album, where it's not buried by explosions and Geena Davis talking? Absolutely brilliant, one of the best of the 90s and stands up well to the classic Korngold music from the same genre. One I listen to over and over and never get tired of it. Remarkable stuff, even though the movie it came from is truly horrible.

I specifically said soundtrack not score. This article (http://www.examiner.com/article/soundtracks-101-what-is-the-difference-between-a-soundtrack-and-a-score) describes the difference the way I understood it to be. Although I do understand there is overlap in the definitions.

Skywatcher
01-28-2014, 02:52 PM
Jack Frost (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0141109/combined).

The main theme is so good that it's on my iPod.

h.sapiens
01-28-2014, 03:58 PM
The original "Casino Royale". Too many writers and directors, but the score/soundtrack by Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert is the essence of groovy.

Death of Rats
01-28-2014, 04:25 PM
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073629/?ref_=nv_sr_1). Bad movie, but the songs are classics.

Add to that it's companion Shock Treatment (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083067/?ref_=nv_sr_1). Better songs, worse movie.

Doug K.
01-28-2014, 04:29 PM
The original "Casino Royale". Too many writers and directors, but the score/soundtrack by Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert is the essence of groovy.

Well, that's just wrong twice. The original Casino Royale was marked by the very absence of Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert music. The second Casino Royale, which did contain BB and HA music, was a fun parody.

Tim R. Mortiss
01-28-2014, 04:48 PM
Until The End Of The World was a silly little Wim Wenders movie from 1991 that was eminently forgettable, if not actually bad. But the soundtrack album is a classic, full of current artists attempting to write music that would sound vaguely futuristic.

http://www.amazon.com/Until-The-End-World-Soundtrack/dp/B000002LQZ

Sr Siete
01-28-2014, 05:11 PM
I liked the music in Oblivion, if slightly repetitive.

I love me some Vangelis soundtracks more than the movies they belong to. 1942 or Alexander didn't deserve him.

But my main man as movie composers go is Hans Zimmer. Could Gore Verbinski stop ruining his wonderful music with crap movies, please?

threeorange
01-28-2014, 05:11 PM
Superfly

A dreadfully bad film, but Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack may have been the best album of 1972.

Sefton
01-28-2014, 05:28 PM
FlashDance and Flash Gordon

Icerigger
01-28-2014, 05:35 PM
Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Loach
01-28-2014, 05:46 PM
Well, that's just wrong twice. The original Casino Royale was marked by the very absence of Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert music. The second Casino Royale, which did contain BB and HA music, was a fun parody.

Are you counting the Barry Nelson version as the first movie? That was a one hour episode of the TV show Climax! It wasn't a movie.

Randolph
01-28-2014, 05:51 PM
It's not a bad movie (IMDB has it at 6.9 with 91k votes), but while John Milius's Conan the Barbarian (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082198/) was a fairly good movie, Basil Poledouris's Conan the Barbarian (http://www.amazon.com/Conan-The-Barbarian-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B0000014T1/) score is an absolutely terrific piece of work.

Kamino Neko
01-28-2014, 07:08 PM
Daft Punk's soundtrack was hands-down the best thing about Tron: Legacy.

True enough. On the other hand, it's also the most disappointing thing about Tron: Legacy. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from the movie itself (the original was hardly a cinematic masterpiece to begin with), but I was expecting a lot more Daft Punk, and a lot less Generic Movie Score from Daft Punk.

G0sp3l
01-28-2014, 08:02 PM
I'm not going to say it's a bad movie because I honestly can't remember a single thing about the movie, the soundtrack though was awesome.

The Big Chill

First soundtrack I ever bought.

Miss Woodhouse
01-28-2014, 08:29 PM
Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. A travesty of movie and a waste of good source material. But the soundtrack is sublime. It's one of my favorites out of all the Disney animated features.

Dale Sams
01-28-2014, 08:45 PM
No.1 has to be Judgment Night

Loach
01-28-2014, 08:50 PM
I'm not going to say it's a bad movie because I honestly can't remember a single thing about the movie, the soundtrack though was awesome.

The Big Chill

First soundtrack I ever bought.

It's a movie that has not held up well. But I don't think it was awful.

The soundtrack wasn't just good, it was used about as effectively in the movie as any soundtrack ever.

Beelzebubba
01-29-2014, 03:48 PM
XANADU- the soundtrack was the only good thing about it!

Sicks Ate
01-29-2014, 03:52 PM
Last Action Hero had a nice soundtrack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Action_Hero#Soundtrack)

Knorf
01-29-2014, 04:12 PM
Daft Punk's soundtrack was hands-down the best thing about Tron: Legacy.

This is incorrect, sir. That would be Olivia Wilde. In spandex.

conway
01-29-2014, 04:26 PM
The Crow sequels, City of Angels (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crow:_City_of_Angels_(soundtrack)) and Salvation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crow:_Salvation_(soundtrack)) both had pretty good soundtracks.


The original Crow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crow_soundtrack) soundtrack is excellent.

Achren
01-29-2014, 04:59 PM
The soundtracks for all the Twilight movies had several songs I liked, though I never saw the movies.

For scores, I like the music for Mad City and finally watched the movie one day. I'm sticking with the music.

ZipperJJ
01-29-2014, 09:06 PM
The Crow sequels, City of Angels (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crow:_City_of_Angels_(soundtrack)) and Salvation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crow:_Salvation_(soundtrack)) both had pretty good soundtracks.


The original Crow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crow_soundtrack) soundtrack is excellent.

I was absolutely obsessed with The Crow when it came out. I thought it was such an amazing movie. I lived on that soundtrack, man!

I bought the Blu Ray a year or so ago and watched it. Holy cow what an awful movie! DAMN!

Soundtrack still kicks my ass, though. I'll have to check out the others now, too.

koeeoaddi
01-29-2014, 09:35 PM
Steal This Movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0161216/soundtrack)

Zebra
01-30-2014, 10:30 PM
The musical score from the terrible movie Dragonheart was used in soooooo many trailers.



Personally I have 'soundtrack' movies. There are plenty of movies that seem like it's only function is to advertise a soundtrack collection of top forty hits. Some are decent movies like High Fidelity.

But most of John Huges films, if you haven't figured it out by now The Breakfast Club is a terrible movie, fall into this category. Cameron Crow movies are soundtrack movies so Elizabethtown is a good choice.

Reloy3
01-30-2014, 10:44 PM
Jack Frost (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0141109/combined).

The main theme is so good that it's on my iPod.

Yes, if only just for Lisa Loeb's "How", beautifully haunting.

Infovore
01-31-2014, 12:01 AM
Toys had a great soundtrack.

GreenElf
01-31-2014, 11:00 AM
Rocky was an okay movie, but I'm not going to watch it again any time soon. The Bill Conti soundtrack, on the other hand, is something I listen to at least a few times a year.

Horatio Hellpop
01-31-2014, 01:11 PM
What, no conflicted love/hate for Absolute Beginners or Ford Fairlane?

Voyager
01-31-2014, 01:12 PM
Last Action Hero had a nice soundtrack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Action_Hero#Soundtrack)

I know I have a minority opinion, but I actually liked that movie.

I echo the choice of Flash Gordon. Note that whenever it is mentioned on the Dope the Queen soundtrack is mentioned, nothing else. Hell, the writer thought the movie was crap, given that the production designer didn't read English and so had no idea of what was going on in the script.
But good music.

Trom
01-31-2014, 02:16 PM
The soundtrack from 1999's Ravenous (http://www.amazon.com/Ravenous-Original-Motion-Picture-Soundtrack/product-reviews/B00000I7JC/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_next_2?ie=UTF8&pageNumber=2&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending).

Boyd's Journey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V-KLn_PgQg) (Don't give up before 30 seconds...)

It was composed by Damen Albarn of Blur/The Gorillaz and classical/minimalist composer Michael Nyman. It's very weird - in a good way, IMO. It works with the strange subject matter of the movie (a dark comedy about cannibalism and immortality in the American West in the 1840s). I personally like the movie, but the box office numbers think it's pretty bad.

DrDeth
01-31-2014, 02:30 PM
FlashDance and Flash Gordon

Yeah, both were cheesy fun (not bad) however the soundtracks were fabulous.

I second the original "Casino Royale", but again- cheesy fun, not actually a bad film.

My nomination for difference between soundtrack and score is Men In Black- the Soundtrack had the theme song by Will Smith, the great Danny Elfman title music, and a bunch of hip-hop popular music that had little or nothing to do with the film at all.

bobot
01-31-2014, 06:34 PM
Buffalo '66. Not a very good movie, but a very cool soundtrack.

TreacherousCretin
02-01-2014, 04:19 PM
"One-Trick Pony" Paul Simon.
The album is wonderful, Simon's last really good record (I found Graceland to be overrated and underwhelming).
The movie was seen by practically nobody, and is extremely difficult to find, both for good reason- it's a painfully amateurish vanity project.

Grestarian
02-06-2014, 06:34 PM
When I saw the title I immediately thought, "Magical Mystery Tour" which I've never actually seen. From the description and reviews I've read, though, Paul scripted it and the box office basically told him not to quit his day job. But, then again, the soundtrack sold like -- well, another Beatles record!

But then, while I was browsing the responses to see if someone else had already mentioned my pick, I thought of an even worse movie/great soundtrack combination--and it's the Beatles again: Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The original album is still often lauded today. On the other hand, the tribute movie (made for TV, perhaps...does it count?) full of tribute celebrities (the Bee Gees? Okay, they could sing; George Burns?!?) was pathetic!

--G!
Okay, the movie and the original album had a lot of different song sets but, as someone mentioned, the same was true for Men in Black.

ChockFullOfHeadyGoodness
02-06-2014, 07:21 PM
When I saw the title I immediately thought, "Magical Mystery Tour" which I've never actually seen. From the description and reviews I've read, though, Paul scripted it and the box office basically told him not to quit his day job. But, then again, the soundtrack sold like -- well, another Beatles record!

But then, while I was browsing the responses to see if someone else had already mentioned my pick, I thought of an even worse movie/great soundtrack combination--and it's the Beatles again: Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The original album is still often lauded today. On the other hand, the tribute movie (made for TV, perhaps...does it count?) full of tribute celebrities (the Bee Gees? Okay, they could sing; George Burns?!?) was pathetic!

--G!

Other way around. Magical Mystery Tour was made for British television (it's only an hour long). Sgt. Pepper was a theatrical release. The soundtrack album, which was all cover versions, was horrible, with the exceptions of the Aerosmith (Come Together) and Earth, Wind, and Fire (Got to Get You Into My Life) songs.

While I didn't think Magical Mystery Tour was as awful as most people say, it still isn't very good.
I consciously avoided Sgt. Pepper, but I was subjected to the album all through junior high, as the album was kinda-sorta the Bee Gee's follow up to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, and was beloved by junior high-age girls. That's how I know how craptacular it is.

MrKnowItAll
05-01-2014, 06:03 PM
I'm glad I decided to do a search before starting a new thread.

I recently had discussions about both Magical Mystery Tour and Xanadu, both of which I thought of as horrible movies with great soundtracks.

So, to keep this from being a "me too" post, what's another one...

I know! It's actually one of my favorite movies, but I know a lot of people that think of it less than kindly: Fandango. It's an early Kevin Costner film about a bunch of recent college graduates who take a last epic road trip in 1971 before they get married/join the army/escape before the draft board catches them. The soundtrack is a blend of late 60s/early 70s pop and rock songs with incidental music taken from Pat Metheny's "As Falls Wichita..."

JKellyMap
05-02-2014, 04:37 AM
I remember enjoying "Fandango" when it was on cable not long after it's release (I was about fifteen)...not sure if it holds up (musically or otherwise).

I'm surprised no one mentioned "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". Some give the film a B+, others (like me) give it a C-, but very few would give the soundtrack anything lower than an A+. You could spend years enjoying each song and following its lead as a portal into some realm of American roots music.

Dave Hartwick
05-02-2014, 06:36 AM
I saw Heavy Metal, the cartoon, a couple months ago. It wasn't great, but I still liked some of the songs.

Superdude
05-02-2014, 09:47 AM
Cocktail (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094889/soundtrack)

CalMeacham
05-02-2014, 10:02 AM
Casino Royale



The 1960s one, of course. The instrumental title music by Herb Alpert was great (although the version they close with, sung by Mike Redway in a silly-ass British gentleman's voice, was appalling. They didn't even put it on the soundtrack album).

It also featured the Burt Bachrach/Hal David song "The Look of Love", sung by Dusty Springfield.

There's a lot of the bridging music I could do without, and it's all Easy Listening heaven, but it was pretty good stuff. Much better than that mishmash of a movie deserved.

Greekfreak
10-19-2015, 05:46 AM
Hands down, Sliver.

If you're talking bad movie to great soundtrack ratio, there's no other choice. Massive Attack, Verve, Neneh Cherry, Heaven 17, Enigma, UB40, etc. just great.

ralph124c
10-19-2015, 08:19 AM
Dances With Wolves was pretty awful-but the score was divine.

Scytheria
10-19-2015, 08:26 AM
Cannibal Holocaust - vile, stupid film with the most lovely, sweet theme music. Don't watch the film, but YouTube the soundtrack.

CalMeacham
10-19-2015, 10:37 AM
Mondo Cane -- exploitation "documentary" from 1962. Never been on TV, cable, and I've never seen a video on sale (so I've never seen the film), but the theme song "More" was playing everywhere in the early 1960s, and was nominated for an Academy Award.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_(Theme_from_Mondo_Cane)

Some people apparently liked the film, since it was nominated for two foreign awards, including the Palm d"Or at Cannes. But it lost both times.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondo_Cane

Tangent
10-19-2015, 10:58 AM
I like the I Am Sam soundtrack (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Sam_(soundtrack)). It's a collection of covers of Beatles songs, by various artists including Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers, Heather Nova, and more.

The movie was not so good.

drad dog
10-19-2015, 11:04 AM
Superfly

A dreadfully bad film, but Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack may have been the best album of 1972.

Humbly disagree

"Trouble Man" was an even worse blaxploitation flick than Superfly, less successful etc. and the soundtrack was by Marvin Gaye. It was his next project after "What's Going On" and it is the best soundtrack EVER.

jtur88
10-21-2015, 03:49 PM
Terry Giliam's "Brazil". The picture left me completely cold, but I listen to the soundtrack a lot.

erysichthon
10-21-2015, 04:10 PM
Lifeforce, which has one of the greatest orchestral film scores ever written (by Henry Mancini).

The film has its points, but it's mostly a mess. I would know; I've seen it at least ten times.

Penfeather
10-21-2015, 05:04 PM
Labryrinth isn't exactly an awful movie, but it was released during David Bowie's worst musical period, and the soundtrack is a mostly a mixture of a honking 80s synth score and dire overproduced soulless empty Bowie songs. Except that buried in the dross there are As The World Falls Down and Within You, which are just beautiful stripped back songs and some of the best work he'd do that decade.

Gatopescado
10-21-2015, 06:12 PM
The Party Animal

Really, really bad movie. Soundtrack features Buzzcocks, Untouchables and others. Great stuff.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Party_Animal

Master Wang-Ka
10-21-2015, 06:52 PM
Iron Eagle, where a teenager learns to fly and steal combat aircraft from the Air Force so he can go save his dad from evil Middle Easterners, with the help of Lou Gossett.

The movie stank on ice, but I wore the soundtrack tape out, back in the day.

Nema98
10-21-2015, 06:54 PM
Get Carter, starring Sylvester Stallone. I liked the sound track, though I would not call it "great" just "good".

nearwildheaven
10-21-2015, 06:59 PM
I was absolutely obsessed with The Crow when it came out. I thought it was such an amazing movie. I lived on that soundtrack, man!

I bought the Blu Ray a year or so ago and watched it. Holy cow what an awful movie! DAMN!

Soundtrack still kicks my ass, though. I'll have to check out the others now, too.

At the time, I had a pen pal whose tween daughter was the same way. The thing I most remember is that her daughter had spent almost $100 just on trading cards associated with the movie.

Never saw it myself.

I was also going to mention "Xanadu" and "The Last American Virgin".

magnusblitz
10-21-2015, 08:55 PM
Transformers: The Movie (the 1986 animated one) is a crap movie by any objective standard, but has a kickin' 80s soundtrack.

Nonsuch
10-22-2015, 09:20 AM
Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Seconded.

nearwildheaven
10-22-2015, 11:06 AM
Mondo Cane -- exploitation "documentary" from 1962. Never been on TV, cable, and I've never seen a video on sale (so I've never seen the film), but the theme song "More" was playing everywhere in the early 1960s, and was nominated for an Academy Award.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_(Theme_from_Mondo_Cane)

Some people apparently liked the film, since it was nominated for two foreign awards, including the Palm d"Or at Cannes. But it lost both times.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondo_Cane

"Mondo Cane", parts 1 and 2 both, are available on Netflix. Your post prompted me to bump them a little higher, so I guess I'll find out how bad they are. :p

There was an atrocious early 1970s teen-oriented movie called "Friends" that used to air on Lifetime when that was a brand-new channel. It also had a terrific soundtrack.

Infovore
10-22-2015, 11:16 AM
Mondo Cane -- exploitation "documentary" from 1962. Never been on TV, cable, and I've never seen a video on sale (so I've never seen the film), but the theme song "More" was playing everywhere in the early 1960s, and was nominated for an Academy Award.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_(Theme_from_Mondo_Cane)


I never had any idea what that movie was about, but "More" was my parents' "song," so I heard it a lot of times around our house (and even learned to play it on our electric organ when I was a kid).

Now that they're both gone, on the rare occasions I hear it I get a little sad.

ekedolphin
10-22-2015, 04:53 PM
My vote goes to Batman Forever. Barely passable movie, but a great soundtrack. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me. The Passenger. Kissed by a Rose. The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game. There is a Light. Bad Days.

TBG
10-22-2015, 05:53 PM
Transformers: The Movie (the 1986 animated one) is a crap movie by any objective standard, but has a kickin' 80s soundtrack.

It's better than any of the Michael Bay joints, and for a kids movie made to sell toys standards it's pretty top tier.




While I disagree the movies are bad, I don't think anyone can say the sountracks to Star Wars Eps 1-3 are anything but more John Williams brilliance.

bonzer
10-22-2015, 06:51 PM
Absolute Beginners

My nomination. Between remembering the advance hype and having, once upon a time, read My Indecision Is Final, I'll still automatically give it another go whenever I come across it on television. Perhaps once a decade or so. It surely really can't be as bad as I remember.
It always is. Weirdly, even moments that I remember as being quite good from earlier viewings always turn out to be false memories.

Yet that Bowie title song ...

Small Hen
10-22-2015, 10:38 PM
I really liked the soundtrack to I <3 Huckabee's. It had a sort of hipster, indy sound to it, a type of music I don't normally enjoy, but it was still excellent. The movie was complete slug shit.

TV time
10-23-2015, 12:17 PM
I first thought of Barry Lyndon, which I agree was more of a score than a "soundtrack." However, I loved listening to it, but in my mind it was a dumb movie (Sorry Stanley Kramer).

No one has mentioned (at least that I saw) Don't Stop the Music Definitely a foul movie and granted the music was the tackiest of disco, but it was fun. Also the music was a rehash of absolutely every Village People album ever..but it was fun.

Also Darling Lili staring Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson is a good example of this thread. Everyone agreed the movie was painful but if you liked the music of the WWI era, it is quite good.

OK....one more and probably not a "bad" movie, but it was well outpaced by it's soundtrack. Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Catamount
10-23-2015, 12:55 PM
XANADU- the soundtrack was the only good thing about it!

Xanadu has the distinction of having the only Olivia Newton-John songs I can tolerate.

Never saw the movie, never want to. I don't want to ruin the soundtrack. ;)

Peter Morris
10-23-2015, 03:51 PM
The original "Casino Royale". Too many writers and directors, but the score/soundtrack by Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert is the essence of groovy.

Oscar nominated, no less.

Casino Royale is my go to answer for this type of question.

parsnip
10-24-2015, 10:59 AM
Hot Tub Time Machine is 1986 pop encapsulated.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231587/soundtrack

The Shep Pettibone Bizarre Love Triangle remix is my dog's favorite song. 6 minutes of being chased around the back yard totally makes her day.

http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/?id=359746323

Ellis Dee
10-24-2015, 12:40 PM
The Party Animal

Really, really bad movie. Soundtrack features Buzzcocks, Untouchables and others. Great stuff.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Party_AnimalThat reminds me of Rock 'n' Roll High School (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079813/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2), which probably qualifies for the thread. I can't say for sure, though, as I haven't seen it in decades but I do remember it being terrible.

CGav8r
10-25-2015, 08:53 AM
XANADU- the soundtrack was the only good thing about it!


"In XANADU, did Newton-John, a disco roller rink decree..."

CalMeacham
10-25-2015, 11:48 AM
"In XANADU, did Newton-John, a disco roller rink decree..."

"..Where Gene, the Sacred Hooffer ran
Through sound sets measureless to Man
Down to an unforgiving sea."

Beelzebubba
10-29-2015, 03:57 AM
Xanadu has the distinction of having the only Olivia Newton-John songs I can tolerate.

Never saw the movie, never want to. I don't want to ruin the soundtrack. ;)

I'm a sucker for the old Olivia stuff, especially from the mid-late 70s (even though I wasn't born until 1975).

xizor
10-29-2015, 10:34 AM
Spawn (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120177/) was a very dumb movie, but the soundtrack is a great collection of 90's electronica. The Crystal Method/Filter collaboration "Trip Like I Do" is one of my all time top 5 songs.

Cumberdale
10-29-2015, 10:41 AM
Manos: The Hands of Fate. The soundtrack is the best thing about the movie. Especially the end credits theme Forgetting You. It's quite haunting.

nearwildheaven
12-10-2015, 10:27 PM
"Mondo Cane", parts 1 and 2 both, are available on Netflix. Your post prompted me to bump them a little higher, so I guess I'll find out how bad they are. :p

There was an atrocious early 1970s teen-oriented movie called "Friends" that used to air on Lifetime when that was a brand-new channel. It also had a terrific soundtrack.

I watched Part 1 tonight. That could best be described as "National Geographic on acid".

Deeg
12-10-2015, 10:47 PM
I nominate The Graduate.

the_diego
12-11-2015, 12:02 AM
Flash Gordon

I take it Brian May played "Here Comes the Bride" in his guitar. Must be one of his best pieces.

buddha_david
12-11-2015, 12:18 AM
I see that Heavy Metal, Last Action Hero, The Lost Boys and Singles have been mentioned already. Therefore I'll add:

Vision Quest. Completely dull, forgettable movie about God knows what. Soundtrack contains Journey, Foreigner, Sammy Hagar, Dio, Don Henley, John Waite, Red Rider, and two Madonna songs that I can actually stomach.

Against All Odds. Completely dull, forgettable movie about God knows what. Title song was a huge hit for Phil Collins, and it came early in his solo career so I can actually stomach it. Also has songs by Stevie Nicks, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford (best song he ever wrote, too!) Big Country and Kid Creole & the Coconuts.

To Live and Die in L.A. is actually a great film, but I gotta mention it just to give props to the amazing Wang Chung soundtrack. Hey, somebody mentioned Highlander & Queen...

Loach
12-14-2015, 01:28 PM
I nominate The Graduate.

You think The Graduate was a bad movie?

Chingon
12-14-2015, 01:33 PM
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Bad, bad movie, great soundtrack

DrDeth
12-14-2015, 02:40 PM
Jack Frost (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0141109/combined).

The main theme is so good that it's on my iPod.

what song is the main theme?

DrDeth
12-14-2015, 02:41 PM
The original "Casino Royale". Too many writers and directors, but the score/soundtrack by Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert is the essence of groovy.

It was both a great film and a bad film.

DrDeth
12-14-2015, 02:45 PM
Well, that's just wrong twice. The original Casino Royale was marked by the very absence of Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert music. The second Casino Royale, which did contain BB and HA music, was a fun parody.

The one-hour television adventure, an epi of the Climax! show, wasn't a movie, however. It was a episode of TV, where Bond was American. it did have Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre, however, an inspired choice.

Skywatcher
12-14-2015, 03:59 PM
what song is the main theme?Frosty the Snowman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY2_jUDQHVc&t=0m28s), which coincidentally started up on my iTunes when I hit reply.

Deeg
12-14-2015, 11:49 PM
You think The Graduate was a bad movie?
Yes. To quote Roger Ebert: "Is 'The Graduate' a bad movie? Not at all. It is a good topical movie whose time has passed, leaving it stranded in an earlier age." Since the movie was before my time it looks like a bad movie to me. Great songs, though.

gaffa
12-15-2015, 01:25 AM
Yes. To quote Roger Ebert: "Is 'The Graduate' a bad movie? Not at all. It is a good topical movie whose time has passed, leaving it stranded in an earlier age." Since the movie was before my time it looks like a bad movie to me. Great songs, though.
They would be great songs - if the so-called soundtrack were more than the same few songs being played over and over and over and over...

By the end, I was ready to support the death penalty for playing "Scarborough Fair."

the_diego
12-15-2015, 05:49 PM
Not sound track but theme song: The Woman in Red.

guestchaz
12-15-2015, 10:50 PM
Maximum Overdrive

Richard John Marcej
12-15-2015, 11:16 PM
Yes. To quote Roger Ebert: "Is 'The Graduate' a bad movie? Not at all. It is a good topical movie whose time has passed, leaving it stranded in an earlier age." Since the movie was before my time it looks like a bad movie to me. Great songs, though.

?????!!!!!!

Are you nuts???
"The Graduate" was a bit before my time too, but the feel and essence of the story is timeless.

Sure, you can like it or not like, but no way is it a bad movie.

Deeg
12-15-2015, 11:34 PM
I think it's a bad movie. It's a dumb and uninteresting story which has, outside of Bancroft, mediocre acting. What is timeless about the movie?

gaffa
12-15-2015, 11:57 PM
I think it's a bad movie. It's a dumb and uninteresting story which has, outside of Bancroft, mediocre acting. What is timeless about the movie?
Agreed. The film was interminable and unfunny. I saw it in the theater at a revival, giving it every chance, and I came out of it loathing every character, hating Simon and Garfunkel's mediocre excuse for a soundtrack and not having laughed once.

"Timeless" is a film like Some Like It Hot.

Baker
12-16-2015, 04:19 AM
Barry Lyndon comes to mind.

This movie is one of only two films ever that I have openly cried at. Not just leaked a tear or two, but sobbed. And it was the music that did it.

Remember the scene as the little boy lays dying, asking his parents not to fight any more? Then the scene switches to his funeral procession, as the music swells majestically? I started bawling like a baby. It was so pitiful, his little coffin borne along on the goat cart he used to like to drive.

That time in the theater was the only time I saw the movie, and the scene, and the musical accompaniement, is still burned into my memory.

Smid
12-16-2015, 04:42 AM
The space wizard movies, of which there's a new one out this week....

That's a bunch of movies which have becoming massively overrated, when it reality it had decent effects and an excellent score. But crap story, acting, and big teddy bears.

JKellyMap
12-16-2015, 06:07 AM
The space wizard movies, of which there's a new one out this week....

That's a bunch of movies which have becoming massively overrated, when it reality it had decent effects and an excellent score. But crap story, acting, and big teddy bears.

Ha. You sound like reporters who refuse to utter the name of a mass murderer, lest they give them undeserved personal fame.

Dale Sams
12-16-2015, 08:03 AM
The space wizard movies, of which there's a new one out this week....

That's a bunch of movies which have becoming massively overrated, when it reality it had decent effects and an excellent score. But crap story, acting, and big teddy bears.

Nahhh ESB is great. But the excellent score does a lot to boost it. That and Solo being an utter dick.

NVME702-redux
12-16-2015, 01:35 PM
Something Wild-

I kinda liked it, but was ridiculed for years by all my friends who watched it with me...the soundtrack is amazing! Debbie Harry, Oingo Boingo, David Byrne with Celia Cruz, UB40...lots of great island style music.

Richard John Marcej
12-16-2015, 01:41 PM
Something Wild-

You just reminded me of a really lousy film with a great soundtrack, "Wild Things"

I remember seeing that film in the theater and hating every agonizing minute of such a lousy film (and yes, even the nude scenes couldn't rescue it) but thinking, DAMN that's a hell of a soundtrack.
Ran out and bought it.
Still listen to it and try to forget about the film completely.

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