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There have been times I have gone to a movie I wasn't that crazy about, but thought, "Wow, that was an awesome soundtrack." Other times I have come out of a movie I thoroughly enjoyed that was made even better by the song choices.
A good soundtrack can make or break a film, but sometimes a great soundtrack can endure, even when the film itself is forgetful. That being said, here are three completely driving soundtracks that will motivate you whether or not you've even seen the film. Hang on tight.
Neil Marshall's R-rated take on the Dark Horse Comics hero (portrayed by David Harbour) didn't do nearly as well as Guillermo del Toro's trilogy predecessor with Ron Perlman, but it wasn't for lack of a completely driving soundtrack. Classic rockers like Alice Cooper and Motlëy Crüe mix with trackers from later generation bands like Muse and X Ambassadors. One music highlight is early on in the film when Hellboy partakes in a little vampire-style Luca Libre featuring a Spanish-language version of Scorpion's "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by the band Unprotected Innocence.
The original movie based on the James O'Barr comic hit the 1990s head on with its gothic, violent action story, and the soundtrack was blasting from every college dorm, or part of many "five disc" CD changers. It was very dark, very heavy, and very, very 90s: Stone Temple Pilots, Helmet, Rollins Band, and Nine Inch Nails, to name a few. Plus, there were gothy and industrial mainstays like My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult.
Yet this Cure track where Eric Draven begins to take on his Crow persona, "Burn," is one that is often associated with the film. Hey, it can't rain all the time...sometimes you gotta light things up.
What I love about this soundtrack is it demonstrates the timelessness of the classical masters. Classical music has always found its way into action films, and for good reason too. It is powerful. This soundtrack has a weird blend of music from Andy Williams to Frank Stallone, to the original song by Bush ("Bullet Holes") created for the film. However, you can't overlook the nicely done original score by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard, as well as the classical works representing Russian ballet, opera, and the perfect placement of Antonio Vivaldi. It is going to be hard listening to "Winter" from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," without wanting to get gussied up and defend The Continental.
If you think only rock and roll can motivate, you've got another thing coming, and John Wick is coming with it:
Header image movie posters © Lionsgate (Hellboy and John Wick), and Miramax.