I was listening to music in my car on the way back from lunch and was delighted to hear some Queen. I'd just finished having a conversation about movies and reviews over Caesar salad and it got me thinking about how many seminal scenes in movies have been set to Queen songs. I didn't want to spend all day going through every scene in my head so I thought I'd list a few and see where that takes me. Here goes!
I thought I'd start with Wayne's World. Who doesn't picture a shitty AMC Pacer when Bohemian Rhapsody rips through the sonic sound stream? I'm surprised there wasn't more usage of Queen in the sequel because of how well it went over in the first one. Actually, let's never speak of the sequel because despite it having Christopher Walken in it, there isn't much else in terms of redemption. Don't get me started on the subsequent careers of both Wayne and Garth. Regardless, Wayne's World is highly quotable and the scene involving Queen is memorable. That being said, I would dock the movie points because they should have stuck with the Scooby-Doo ending.
I don't remember a lot about the Mighty Ducks movies. There was a fat Jewish kid, Dawson's friend Pacey couldn't stop (toe pick!), and Maximum Overdrive was their coach. Generic underdog story, blah, blah, blah. A team full of misfits comes together in the end to save the day from zombies or something. Whatever. There was a scene nearing the end of the movie where everyone sings We Are The Champions around a campfire. I don't care for sports movies in general. There are a few that manage to rise above the sports movie genre and are genuinely fantastic films (ahem *GOON*) but this is not one of them. While I almost immediately thought of it when compiling this list, that's not necessarily a good thing.
What can I say about Highlander? I don't remember much about the first or second movie. There might have even been more than that, but I don't care to look on IMDb. Henry Jones gets decapitated, Raiden somehow gets out of the Mortal Kombat, and there is inevitably some other eighties-centric shit going on. I don't know why I know that Queen has music in this, but it was confirmed by a co-worker that Princes Of The Universe appears in the movies I know about and the television show. I'll trust their word because this was clearly an afterthought. I don't know what to say other than that things definitely happened in these films. There was probably some stereotypical bagpipe malarkey and I recall an excessive use of lightning. Maybe that was Masters Of The Universe. Fuck yeah, Dolph Lundgren.
Simon Pegg really hit the nail on the head with Shaun Of The Dead. His choreographed zombie murdelizing scene will go down in the annals of history as one of the most glorious scenes in all of cinema. It's tough to put into words how amazing it is to see the pure and unadulterated violence set to Don't Stop Me Now. The song is bubbly and light-hearted and very much set in a major key while what's going on visually is anything but. It's near perfection as far as I'm concerned. It's a great Queen song and it's a great scene in a great movie. That's a metric fuck-ton of greatness in my books.
What can I say about Flash Gordon? The entire film is scored by Queen. It's a weird science fiction movie based off a 30's comic. There was even a soft-core skin flick named Flesh Gordon created as an "erotic spoof" but no one wins with soft-core anything. I guess the actor that portrayed the main character made a revival of sorts by appearing in Ted a few summers ago. He'll be appearing in Ted 2 based on the trailer I watched. The movie? Meh. The soundtrack? PURE GOLD. I'd be remiss if I didn't get this onto this list and I obviously feel like it deserves it's own bonus section.