It's no secret that a truly great film score can elevate the movie-going experience to a level far beyond merely sitting in front a giant screen of moving images. Instead, the skill of a creatively gifted film composer casts a sort of spell upon the viewer; it transports us to these fantastic worlds of fantasy and science-fiction, capturing our emotions and imagination with every vibrant, vital musical cue and stirring melodic theme.
Although the film soundtracks of recent years may have seen a decline in thematic score composition in favor of soundscape dissonance and overblown attempts at "epic" fanfare, The Giver composer Marco Beltrami possesses a firm knowledge of melodic composition, earned during his tenure of scoring such films as Halloween H20, Hellboy and selections from the Scream, Blade, and Resident Evil series.
The classic works of master film music craftsmen still stand strong as testaments to true craft in action, however, serving as examples of a time when film scores were more than mere fodder for a teaser trailer, existing instead as one of most important cogs of the movie machine. That being said, it's truly a tall order to narrow down all of the great musical movie moments recorded over the years, but at the same time the business of compiling such a list was nothing if not seriously fun work. So without further ado, here are five of the best sci-fi soundtracks ever recorded...with a healthy dose of honorable mentions, to boot!