the last airbender featured

Top 5 Stunning Soundtracks from Awful Movies

There’s nothing quite like the long, insufferable wait before a film’s release. You sit at your computer desk, counting the days as they slowly roll by, devouring every bit of leaked footage and exclusive clips that the internet has to offer. When your excitement has reached a level beyond any normal human’s tolerance, fate shines on you, and you’ll find yourself in that ultra exclusive midnight screening you’ve managed to order tickets for. And as you find your place amongst the crowd of a few hundred brethren, sweaty fanboys, and watch this film which you’ve waited so long to see, you realize something… It sucks. A lot. It blows. It’s a disgrace. A literal shitbag filled with a cornucopia of shitty shit shitiness from the kingdom of Shitdonia.

But it’s not always so bad. Sometimes, no matter how terrible a movie may be, there’s a silver lining surrounding its 14% score on Rotten Tomatoes… it’s music! So now, without any further ado, I’d like to present our list of TOP 5 SOUNDTRACKS FROM TERRIBLE MOVIES

The Last Airbender

M. Night Shyamalan really dropped the ball on this epic story. The cartoon on which the film’s based is one of the best of the past 20 years, and the movie couldn’t help but fall short of that series’ breadth, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be SO bad. Though, even with the butchered characters and whitened cast, James Newton Howard delivers one of the best Scores I’ve ever heard. The song below, “Flow Like Water”, could easily fit in any of the great Fantasy films of the last 40 years. I fear that it’s gone unnoticed because of Airbender ‘s poor ratings… and its certain similarity to the Pirates of the Carribean soundtrack at times.

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

This horse can’t survive another beating… but I’ll give it a good swing anyway. We all know that Episode 1 was a disappointment, a terrible film, and an all around sad misadventure for fandom. In between Jar Jar’s annoying squeals and pre-pubescent Anakin’s “Yipee!”, there’s not a lot to love about this flick. Besides the soundtrack of course. John Williams produces another classic score, and better yet, it’s scary. It conveys the terror of Sith’s in such a perfect, powerful way, as seen with “Duel of the Fates”. Too bad Lucas couldn’t keep pace.

The Village

Now, this movie is a bit of a mixbag. A fair lot of you despise it, with the completely uninspired “twist” at the end, but I think the first three quarters of the flick is strong enough to ignore the ridiculous final minutes. James Newton-Howard is here again, delivering a stringy masterpiece in “The Gravel Road”


Yeah, this movie wasn’t so good. It delved a bit too greedily into the psychosis of Bruce Banner without addressing the appealing aspects of the Hulk, which is the “Smash!”. Still, Danny Elfman (a veteran of comic book movies) composes a Sci-Fi classic with this main theme.

Batman Forever

What can be said about this flick? There were Bat-nips. Isn’t that enough? Composer Elliot Goldenthal did a great job with the soundtrack, though, giving Danny Elfman’s original Batman theme a run for its money.

What do you guys think? Are there any other ones that belong on this list? Were we dead wrong about some flicks?

S#!T Talking Central

  • Lars

    Hmmm, I agree with the scores, they are all fantastic. I’m not sure I agree with all of your movie choices, though. But I guess it’s a matter of taste. First of all, I would have picked “Batman and Robin” over “Batman Forever”, since that movie is one of the worst ones ever made. And I actually think that Goldenthal did an even better score for that one, than Batman Forever. Also I wouldn’t call The Phantom Menace an awful film… Disappointing perhaps, but not awful.

    Here are some other contenders:

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (No comment needed about the movie, but Williams delivers the goods as always.

    Conan the Destroyer (Great score by Basil Poledouris. The movie, not so much)

    Titanic (a movie everybody loves to hate, but James Horner’s score is a classic)

    Dick Tracy (Not a very good film, but Danny Elfman’s score is one of my all-time favorites of his)

    John Carter (I’m putting this on the list, although I haven’t seen it. But based on the fact that it flopped miserably, I think it qualifies. But Michael Giacchino’s score was AMAZING – probably the best of 2012!)

    The Game of Death (One could argue that a Bruce Lee film should NEVER be on a list of bad films, but this was his final film, and he never got to finish it. They completed the film by the use of rewrites, stand-ins and questionable special FX (you gotta love this scene: – but John Barry’s score was great.

    • Fats Mclemlich

      I completely understand your reasoning regarding Batman and Star Wars. Perhaps Batman and Robin would have made a better pick (may have to put it up on a later one). And I did indulge my fanboy-ness a bit too much by labeling The Phantom Menace ‘awful’. It’s certainly a decent movie, but in regards to the Star Wars universe, it’s an awful addition.

      Very good choices all around too. Definitely see Indiana Jones popping up in a later one.

      I considered Spider-Man 3 for a moment, but was hesitant because that soundtrack is connected to 2 other movies that were pretty great

      • Lars

        I thought about Spider-Man 3 as well – that movie was a big mess, but not catastrophically bad. Christopher Young did an excellent job on that one. Can’t believe that never got an official soundtrack release.

  • scorelover

    THE VILLAGE was an awful movie? You’re out of your mind.

    • Lars

      I like that one too, actually. Many people hate the ending, I thought it was great! :)

  • god462

    how is queen of the damned not on here?