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.
I’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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