When you think about cult movies and exciting soundtracks, one of the first movies that come to mind is Trainspotting, also due to the recent sequel. Because Trainspotting is not only a film that made history for its direct way of explaining youth issues like addiction to narcotics and life in the suburbs: it’s first of all a movie that has involved millions of young lovers about a certain type of music, for that mind-blowing music used in those scenes taken from the incredible life of the movie misfits.
There are many other examples where music was made a key factor of the movie popularity. Soundtracks where we can see other notable artists of adrenalinic music, such as Clint Mansell, The Prodigy, LFO. Even David Bowie. Check out our selection of movies that are worth seeing for the strength of the soundtrack, even just in few scenes. Ten films that who loves to “get high” with art and music cannot miss.
Clint Mansell & Autechre in Pi (1998)
Darren Aronofsky’s first and most visionary movie (before all the works that will come later, from Requiem For a Dream and Black Swan on), with a tight soundtrack conceived by Clint Mansell and contributions from professionists of the intellectual tension like Autechre. Hallucinating.
Paul Kalkbrenner in Berlin Calling (2008)
The famous film starring one of the top DJs of modern techno, Paul Kalkbrenner. Who, besides starring in the movie as the protagonist, obviously edited the entire soundtrack, tnterpreting the role of a “techno addicted” that tries to get cured. Any kind of movie enthusiasts will love it.
The Prodigy in Charlie’s Angels (2000)
Maybe not exactly a masterpiece of cinema, right. But the fight scene with The Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up is always nice to see. That’s how they do it.
Daft Punk in Tron: Legacy (2010)
For the sequel of the sci-fi classic Tron, Walt Disney wanted to do things it the right way, especially since even the first film had a great soundtrack by Wendy Carlos (who made also A Clockwork’s Orange and The Shining’s music). The solution was a small marketing masterpiece: asking Daft Punk to produce the entire soundtrack, using only unreleased music. A victory for both, and probably the most interesting thing in the film.
New Order + Pump Panel in Blade (1998)
Marvel characters, sharp blades, vampires and an opening sequence in a club with the remix on New Order signed by Pump Panel, that distorts the original piece with an acid avalanche. Just to start the movie in the best way.
Tom Tykwer in Run Lola Run (1998)
German at heart, made by a director who also took the trouble to compose the soundtrack. Just to speed up a movie that was already fast by nature. The one above is Running One sequence.
LFO in Enter The Void (2009)
Among the most visionary films of modern times, also wirth to see for its hyperexciting images of Tokio nights. For the opening scene, Gaspar Noé throws LFO’s Freak already in the credits. Straight to our brain.
Mr. Oizo & Gaspard Augé in Rubber (2010)
Insane. Quentin Dupieux is insane. And Quentin Dupieux is Mr. Oizo. And Mr. Oizo is insane too. Two crazy personalities in the same individual, struggling with images and music, with a nonsense movie and a soundtrack that changes pace every 30 seconds. It doesn’t hurt.
David Bowie in Lost Highway (1997)
In David Lynch cult movie there isn’t only Angelo Badalamenti. The most complex soundtrack in his filmmaker career has heavy names like Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson. And then there is David Bowie and his perdition, in the opening and closing titles. And much more, of course. Unforgettable.
Moby in Cool World (1992)
Brad Pitt, Kim Basinger, animated characters interacting with real life and a soundtrack that contains David Bowie, Future Sound of London, Brian Eno and Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant. Plus Moby, in his forgotten hardcore period. If you want to enhance a song like that, you need images.