Scream Franchise gets 4-LP vinyl sheet music release

A brand new Scream is set to land in theaters in a week’s time, which has inspired many horror fans to revisit the first four installments of the series. In addition to the various scares that each episode offers us, all these sequences are amplified by the chilling scores of Marco Beltrami, which created a feeling of unease and terror among the audience. To celebrate Beltrami’s work on these first four films, Varèse Sarabande is releasing a new Scream box set compiling the scores of these verses on vinyl, which includes a number of unpublished tracks. This new set is available for pre-order from today and will hit shelves on June 10.

By press release, “In 1996, Scream ushered in a new generation of slasher films mixing self-awareness and satire with thrills, gore and plenty of twists and turns. Written by Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek, The Vampire Diaries) and directed by horror pioneer Wes Craven (A nightmare on Elm Street, the hills have eyes, Swamp Thing), Scream turned the genre on its side. As Jim Lochner writes, “Williamson filled the movie with characters who knew other horror movies, spent a lot of their time referencing other horror movies, and even acknowledged that they were living inside a horror movie. “

“Typically, the genre featured unfamiliar players; but, in another unorthodox movement, ScreamThe cast of s was made up of leading actors including Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy and Rose McGowan. While Campbell, Arquette, and Cox have remained central characters throughout the franchise, each installment added a new roster of stars (along with plenty of unexpected cameos), including Jada Pinkett-Smith and Timothy Olyphant (scream 2); Parker Posey and Emily Mortimer (scream 3); and Emma Roberts and Alison Brie (Scream 4).

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“The original Scream – which has become one of the highest-grossing horror films of all time – centers on Sidney Prescott (Campbell), a high school student from the fictional town of Woodsboro, Calif., Who is the target of a killer in masked series, known as “Ghostface”. Over the course of the following sequels, Prescott continues to face new Chasers, all of whom assume Ghostface’s identity. To highlight the action of the first four Scream films, an engaging score by Mario Beltrami.

Scream It wasn’t only Beltrami’s big breakthrough in Hollywood, but it served as her introduction to the genre as well. “It was a little strange for me because… I had never seen a horror movie,” Beltrami told Lochner. “There are a lot of references to other horror movies that I didn’t understand at all, so I felt a little uncomfortable.” Nonetheless, Craven was impressed with Beltrami’s work and tried his luck with the young songwriter. Scream would mark the first of seven collaborations between the two men. “

“Beltrami’s first project was the opening scene of the film. ‘There was that over-the-top, almost operatic nature … It was very dynamic. That’s the mode I followed with the rest of the score. ‘, he recalls, adding that his ignorance of the genre worked to his advantage. “I saw the film from a very innocent point of view, taking the footage not jaded but very petrified.”

“Beltrami, who remembers Craven being ‘very patient with me’, recorded the Scream score on a budget. This led to a lot of ingenuity in the studio – working with smaller combinations of musicians, instead of a full orchestra, and bolstering recordings with synthesizers and stock library samples. Among the most memorable compositions in this film were two musical themes that Beltrami revisited throughout his work with the franchise. They include the theme of Sidney (“Sidney wants it”) and, as Lochner notes, a “western spaghetti sound that … eventually evolved into a more important guitar theme.” [‘Dewey’s Theme’] for Dewey (Arquette) in the suites. ‘”

“The success of the first Scream gave Beltrami a wider range of musical tools for the sequel, the 1998s scream 2. In addition to hiring a full orchestra and choir, the composer experimented with electronic elements to create unique musical textures throughout the score. By now Beltrami was more comfortable with the genre, which was revealed in his use of musical deception. “I learned to play with the expectations of the audience by using sound to scare people,” he explains. “If you expect a scare at some point, then you don’t. You do it when the audience lets their guard down. You put the sting where they don’t expect it and it throws everyone off. ‘”

“When scream 3 arriving in 2000, Beltrami worked with an orchestra of 95 musicians and a choir of 30 people. He was also fully anchored in the Scream universe. “This whole research process, this whole Sturm und Drang of trying to figure out what the movie was just got so much easier… I could just write the clues and not care.” Corn Scream 4, which fell a decade later, found Beltrami, Craven and Williamson taking a new direction. This time around, the plot reflected a significant cultural shift, following the rise of social media, smartphones, and online culture. ‘Because Scream 4 was intended for a new era 10 years from the original trilogy, I wanted to sonically distinguish it from the refined, orchestral extravagance of the few previous entries, ”says Beltrami. “I thought it would be more interesting to aim for a more grainy, rougher, rougher sound, while still retaining the familiar themes and the overall sound of the franchise.” “

“As Lochner notes, it was Scream which started everything for Beltrami, making him discover “the madness of … composing for great Hollywood films”. Since then, the Oscar-nominated composer has composed over a hundred films, TV shows and video games, including A quiet place and A Quiet Place, Part II, Snowdrops, The Hurt Locker, and Free solo, which earned Beltrami her first Emmy Award. Corn Scream will always hold a special place in the composer’s heart, especially as he established his long-standing creative partnership and friendship with Craven, who died in 2015 at the age of 76. “Wes really taught me a lot about the way I compose movies,” Beltrami shares. “I really cherished the relationship. It was more than just a working relationship. I felt like he had fueled my career. ‘”

“But this is not the end of the Scream story. While rumors of a fifth installment pervaded Hollywood for several years, it wasn’t until 2019 that the film began to take shape. Now, on January 14, the latest edition of Scream arrives in theaters and finds Campbell, Cox and Arquette reprising their roles, as a new killer targets a group of teenagers in Woodsboro. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Ready or not, head south), the film features an all-new score by Emmy-nominated composer Brian Tyler (Crazy Rich Asians, Avengers: Age of Ultron, ready or not).

Varèse Sarabande is pleased to partner with Paramount Pictures to release the official music for the new film. An expanded 24-track CD and a digital version of Scream: Music from the movie is available today on all digital platforms, the CD being available exclusively on and A 14-track vinyl LP in a reflective mirror-cardboard jacket is currently available for pre-order at all physical retailers, while a special press of the album limited to 300 units, on clear vinyl with red smoke, may be available. found exclusively on and The two vinyl variants of Scream: Music from the movie are scheduled for June 10. “

You can pre-order your copy from today before this vinyl set is released on June 10th. New Scream hits theaters January 14.

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Jack L. Goldstein