It’s good to be green, so why bother writing a new score if there’s already a perfectly good one from another movie that you can easily repurpose. Here’s our top 5 recycled film scores…

5 Director Matthew Vaughn must’ve had a serious case of temp love when putting together the edit for “Kick Ass”. So much so that he credits four different composers and lifts cues from “Sunshine” and “28 Days Later”.

4 With John Williams busy on another Star Wars movie, he couldn’t schedule Superman 2. The solution? Fill the sequel’s soundtrack with cues from the first one and hire composer Ken Thorne to plug the gaps.

3 Quentin Tarantino somehow managed to persuade the legendary Ennio Morricone to score “The Hateful Eight” but nevertheless still repurposed some of the composer’s soundtrack from “The Thing” and “Exorcist 2”

2 Did you know there’s a “Miss Congeniality 2”? No, me neither but the score is a masterwork in slicing and dicing. John Powell, James Newton Howard, Tyler Bates and Thomas Newman are all name checked in the credits and  I bet they’re thrilled.

1 Composer Fred Katz wrote the score for “A Bucket Of Blood” in 1959. Legend has it that he served up the same soundtrack 6 more times for movies such as “The Little Shop Of Horrors” and “The Wasp Woman”. Nice work if you can get it.

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August 19, 2022