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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 1:42pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

One only, please (no ties, honourable mentions or contrivances), but what movie do you dislike plot-wise, but think has a good music score?

For me, it's the truly awful DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN (1971).

This bad, bad movie sees Dracula digging up Frankenstein's body in California (what on earth was the body doing in California?). And why would a being averse to sunlight be in California? There's no real plot, nothing makes sense, and I believe the producer gave his stockbroker, Roger Engel, the role of Dracula (Engel was credited as Zandor Vorkov). 

The score is by William Lava, who also did many classic cartoons. It's about the only good thing in the film.


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Brian Floyd
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HOWARD THE DUCK.

Before you laugh, ignore most of the songs sung by Lea Thompson's character's band. The rest of the score, including one song done by Thomas Dolby of all people, is pretty good.

Unfortunately, most of the released soundtrack (I used to have it on cassette) is the songs done by the fake band....
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Darren Ashmore
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For me it's got to be SUPERGIRL (1984), a dumpster fire of a movie but a titanic score by Jerry Goldsmith.
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Bill Mimbu
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KRULL (1983)

Not one of James Horner's most memorable soundtracks, but I liked it more than the movie (and didn't come to appreciate it until way later, when I could listen to it without having my eardrums blasted because of a sound volume problem with that particular theater).
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Ted Downum
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I'll go with RAISE THE TITANIC (1980). The movie was--despite the presence of Alec Guinness, Jason Robards, and Richard Jordan--a halfhearted, drab adaptation of the Clive Cussler novel. The score, by the ever-reliable John Barry, was a thing of beauty, shifting very effectively between lush romantic music and his Bond-style suspense themes.

In the spirit of Robbie's rules, I won't mention the titles, but I did have a couple of "runners-up" in mind...both of them also scores by John Barry.

Because of my age and my genre preferences, I'll probably always have more personal affection for John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, but Barry definitely delivered consistency and good value for the money.  
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Rick Senger
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Jerry Goldsmith did some incredible scores to some of the least credible movies.  Here are a couple other threads which address your topic:

Great Soundtrack, not so good movie


Great Soundtrack, BAD movie


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Adam Schulman
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Most Godzilla movies are bad movies, but at least they have music by Akira Ifukube. 
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Ronald Joseph
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KRULL (1983)

Funny - I don't really remember the movie or score that well, but this is the first thing that popped into my mind when I read Robbie's post.

I'll second Bill's KRULL nomination.


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John Popa
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Posted: 07 December 2017 at 9:11pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

"Meet Joe Black."  The movie is way too long but there's some lush romantic orchestral music in the store.  
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Brian Floyd
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Most Godzilla movies are bad movies, but at least they have music by Akira Ifukube. 

++++++++++++++++++++++

BUUUURRN THE HEATHEN!! :p



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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 08 December 2017 at 2:27pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

With blue radioactive fire, Brian? 
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Peter Martin
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I said Conan the Barbarian all the way back in good ol' January 2017 and so I'll stick with it. Not so much a bad movie as a disappointing one, but the music is of the highest calibre.
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Shaun Barry
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EYES WIDE SHUT

Love the song choices and score (featuring some original work by Jocelyn Pook)... but speaking as a huge Kubrick fan, I think the movie's one big crock of shit.





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Brandon Frye
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture


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Stephen Churay
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The live action FIST OF THE NORTH STAR
with Malcolm McDowell and Chris Penn.
Excellent score, baaaaaaaaaaaaaad movie.
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Matthew Wilkie
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featuring some original work by Jocelyn Pook

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I remember, back in the 80s, being amused by the name Joss Pook when she was a backing musician for the Communards. Never realised she went on to have a successful soundtrack career.

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