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H. M. Turnbull's list of Five Terrible Film Scores

Five Terrible Film Scores

Think of any great movie you love; chances are it wouldn’t be half the film it is without the music that accompanies its amazing writing and performances.  The right music can amplify the emotions of a scene or change its meaning entirely.  Often it sets the tone for the film.  Beyond that, a great score is usually also something you can listen to even outside of watching the film.  Scores like Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and Indiana Jones become as iconic as any other aspect of their respective films, and it’s hard to imagine such films with any other music.

H. M. Turnbull's list of Five Terrible Film ScoresI’ve been working for a long time on a list of my favourite film scores.  This is not that list.  No—that list won’t be finished for quite a while.  In the meantime, I’ve made a list of some of the worst scores I’ve ever heard, so I hope this will keep the music-lovers among you satisfied until then.  Unlike my list of the Top 10 Worst Book-to-Film Adaptations, this list is in no particular order.  Were I to make a list of the five worst, then it’d probably be filled with scores that sound the same, so I instead chose to talk about five unbelievably dreadful scores that are all awful for more-or-less different reasons.  Coincidentally, the movies they accompany are each just as bad as the scores.  And so, let’s get on with this agonizing list of Five Terrible Film Scores!
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H. M. Turnbull's Top 10 Worst Book-to-Film Adaptations

Top 10 Worst Book-to-Film Adaptations

H. M. Turnbull's Top 10 Worst Book-to-Film AdaptationsThere’s been some controversy concerning Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit, with some criticizing decisions such as making a three-part movie, the addition of original background characters, and many even pettier complaints.  Some have even gone so far as to say that it “wasn’t very true to the source material,” despite staying far truer to its source than almost any other adaptation has.  When I’ve listed the reasons for which these changes are all either insignificant or necessary to adapt the story to an utterly different medium, I’ve heard people retort that it was “the worst possible way to do it.”  As someone who has read and loved many books, so many of which have been horribly bastardized in film adaptations, I cannot help but wonder…  Have these people ever even seen a bad adaptation?

It is for this reason that I decided to compile a list of truly abhorrent adaptations, movies that actually did exactly those things of which Peter Jackson has been falsely accused, including earlier attempts to adapt Tolkien to the screen.  In fact, many of the films on this list go beyond even the craziest of accusations, and it’s hard to believe that some of these actually exist.  Rest assured, however, that these abominations do indeed exist, and rest assured too that they are all bloody awful!
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