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Scream/Scream 2
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1998 Varèse
2011 Varèse
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Pete Anthony
Bill Boston
Kevin Manthei
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Varèse Sarabande
(Scream/Scream 2)
(July 14th, 1998)

Varèse Sarabande
(Scream)
(May, 2011)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1998 album with both scores is a regular U.S. release. The 2011 product featuring Scream only ("The Deluxe Edition") is limited to 2,000 copies and available for $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... on the 1998 album if you want just a small (but surprisingly adequate) taste of the most memorable cues from the first two scores in the Scream franchise.

Avoid it... on any of the albums for these two scores if you expect the stock suspense and horror material from Scream to compete favorably with its contemporaries or, more specifically, if you seek any of the Danny Elfman or Hans Zimmer music heard in Scream 2.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #242
WRITTEN 7/21/98, REVISED 6/22/11
Beltrami
Beltrami
Scream/Scream 2: (Marco Beltrami) During the resurgence of slashing teenie horror flicks in the 1990's, few franchises fared better than the one born from Scream. The concept by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson took the infamous ghost-masked killer on a rampage in the suburban town of Woodsboro, leading most of its primary characters to the grave while elevating the cult status of its surviving lead played by Neve Campbell. The success of the 1996 original was its convoluted character mysteries, causing young audiences to see the film several times in the theatres and thus making a monstrous financial success out of a movie that cost practically nothing to produce. Also of intrigue in the franchise is its characters' recognition of the horror movie genre in context, an angle notable at first but largely lost upon the concept by its wayward, belated fourth entry in 2011. Despite the genre's dominance at the box office in the 90's, these kinds of films are not the kindest to budding composers who are often left in the B-rate horror world to see their careers die and rot. But the Scream franchise was an exception for the rising talent of Marco Beltrami, these scores becoming an early calling card for the composer, and within ten years, he would contribute music for blockbuster franchises in the ranks of The Terminator and Die Hard. While the original Scream score didn't create a significant jolt in the film music world (songs, as usual, carried the day commercially), the messy circumstances surrounding Scream 2 gave his music a cult status much like that of the films. By Scream 3 at the end of the decade, Beltrami had survived countless rumors of his replacement by finishing the original trilogy of scores with perhaps the best rounded of the three. In general, his contribution to these films successively improved until Scream 4, which curiously reverted back to the generally non-descript personality of the original entry (and is perhaps even worse). His style for the original two Scream scores plucked ideas from many different places, including the works of Elliot Goldenthal, Ennio Morricone, Christopher Young, Eric Serra, and Hans Zimmer. Most of these influences made themselves more evident in Scream 2, a soundtrack with a much broader personality. On album, these first two scores were provided together on a short album in 1998, hence this review of both together. In 2011, Varèse Sarabande finally followed up their previous product with an expanded treatment of Scream alone. Both scores and their albums will be covered below.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1998 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 29:58
Scream:

• 1. Sidney's Lament (1:37)
• 2. Altered Ego (2:47)
• 3. Trouble in Woodsboro (1:49)
• 4. A Cruel World (1:53)
• 5. Chasing Sidney (1:27)
• 6. NC-17 (3:03)
Scream 2:

• 7. Stage Fright Requiem (2:07)
• 8. Love Turns Sour (4:44)
• 9. Cici Creepies (1:13)
• 10. Deputy for a Friend (2:17)
• 11. Hollow Parting (1:47)
• 12. Dewpoint/Stabbed (2:15)
• 13. Hairtrigger Lunatic (1:11)
• 14. Sundown Search (0:50)
• 15. It's Over, Sid (0:46)
2011 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 63:28

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1998 album includes no extra information about the scores or films. The 2011 album features notes about both Scream and its score.
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