Movies with Bad Music Scores

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  1. Robert Crawford

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    Such similarities can be said about every film composer who has a long resume of scored films.






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    'tis indeed. Now turn that light back where it belongs, Haggai!
     
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    Oh, I like most of Max Steiner fine.

    And by the way, I think the score to Dr. Zhivago is perfectly respectable, as composition. But why so much repetition? It's like he ran out of ideas, so he just recycled them, over and over.

    It isn't like theme and variations. It's just the same cues, played over and over. It's a level of banality that Andrew Lloyd Webber would appreciate.

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    In that case, I believe the producer is at fault. He loved Jarre's theme so much that he just kept using it in place of other underscore that Jarre wrote for those scenes.
     
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    Star Trek Generations!

    Dennis McCarthy could't write his way out of a wet paper bag (IMO).......:) IMB, the score (or lack thereof) is what keeps it below Star Trek 5 (whose wonderful score by the late Jerry Goldsmith largely helps that film) in my book.
     
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    Surprised no one's mentioned this one yet, but "Ladyhawke" was the first thing that popped into my mind.

    "The Road Warrior" is another bad one - too bombastic and shamelessly rips-off Holst's "The Planets".

    Most of the non-Barry Bonds are pretty bad, especially the pseudo-disco scores for "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "For Your Eyes Only".
     
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    No need to duck, the score of this film was intended to be just that. The score is supposed to go with the whole consumerism "satire" theme of the movie. I was delighted when GAR used a small clip of the score from "Dawn" in "Day."[​IMG]
     
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    There are plenty of movies like Ladyhawke with bad scores, but I don't think these are worth... fixing.

    I was going more for classic, good films with scores that could be replaced.

    Here's another one I think deserves a change:

    Witness

    P.S. I'm not a John Barry fan, overall. The Bond scores are fine, but when he steps into orchestral territory, it just becomes unbearably slow. Here's another movie that (IMO) might be improved with different music:

    Out of Africa
     
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    26 posts before the abominable Ladyhawke score is mentioned? If any movies BEGS for a rescore, it's this one.

    Horner certainly does rip off his own stuff, but the score for STII:WoK is a classic. Simply a fantastic score that works incredibly well with the film.
     
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    I'm also surprised it took this long to get a mention. A good film totally undermined by its music. A competent orchestral rescoring would work wonders for its posterity.

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    This film probably doesn't fit, but anyone ever hear the "score" for MESA OF LOST WOMEN? The movie stinks too -- but the music is the worst.
     
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    Pearl Harbor.

    Though, I doubt a better score would help it any.
     
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    THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY and GOLDENEYE are three decent Bond films that were hurt by their mediocre scores. The Bill Conti score for EYES in particular is so bad that I can barely stand to watch the movie.
     
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    I don't like Mark Knopfler's score for The Princess Bride. The acoustic guitar bits are great, though. It's a pity that it couldn't have been entirely guitar or at least orchestral. The synthesized music is extremely cheesy.
     
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    Wow! An exact remake of a thread we had here just a few weeks ago, same posters too prob, next someone will chime in with how awful the music to Never Say Never Again was and... oh that would be me.[​IMG]
     
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    Ginger Snaps 2

    Although Dawn of the Dead's score is cheesy, I couldn't imagine the film without it.
     
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    I was part of that other thread, but now something's changed: somebody's actually replacing a score to a movie.
     
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    No-one has mentioned Troy yet?
    And they've already got a great score to replace it with.
     
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    I recently saw a dreadful movie with an even worse score - KRAKATOA-EAST OF JAVA. Even in 35mm IB this picture was a stinkeroo. But the music?!?! It was by Happy Kyne himself, Frank DeVol. Too many instances to site. Just take my word for it - WILDLY inappropriate.

    PS - about a month after I saw the film at a private screening the STARZ action channel ran it. Problem is they showed it on the Monday after the Tsunami hit!!
     

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