Favorite Film Syncs – Part 2: Monster

My brother (a film editor) tells a great story about how the Director of Monster, Patty Jenkins, came to speak at AFI about this film and how even though they knew it would be next to impossible to get an ok from Steve Perry they went ahead and cut this scene including “Don’t Stop Believing” because it was the song they wanted and couldn’t see any other song fitting in as perfectly as this Journey classic.

Of course this was well before the hay day of this song being featured in everything from The Hills to major sporting events to Glee and it took calling Steve Perry multiple times and giving him a private screening of the film before he ok-ed the inclusion of the song. Some day if I ever get to meet Steve Perry I’ll give him a high five for not only being a big part of my high school experience (yes, while other kids were bumping rap, we were cruising the lot blasting Journey) but for being part of Journey and offering up their music to some of the best scenes in film and tv.


Charlize Theron almost unrecognizable as serial killer Aileen couples skates with Christina Ricci (Selby) to Don’t Stop Believing. My only complaint? The scene and the music didn’t last long enough.

Music Supervisor: Howard Paar

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