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Scream 2
(1997)
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1998 Varèse
2016 Varèse
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Additional Music by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Pete Anthony
Bill Boston
Kevin Manthei
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(July 14th, 1998)

Varèse Sarabande
(October 24th, 2016)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1998 album with both scores is a regular U.S. release. The 2016 product featuring Scream 2 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 seek just a small but surprisingly adequate taste of the most memorable Marco Beltrami cues from the first two scores in the Scream franchise.

Avoid it... on that 1998 product if you desire a more faithful representation of Beltrami's improved symphonic and synthetic blend for Scream 2 and the associated Danny Elfman music for that film, in which case the 2016 album is the clear winner.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #239
WRITTEN 7/21/98, REVISED 1/21/17
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Scream 2: (Marco Beltrami/Danny Elfman) After the surprisingly rousing success of the original Scream not long before, Miramax sought to immediately capitalize on that asset by rushing a sequel out to the widest release in studio history. And the studio's plan worked, as Scream 2, still pilfering the slasher movie genre within its own script, lured in enough youngsters to generate a second huge payday. Five surviving characters from Scream are plagued once again by a masked killer in an otherwise serene suburban setting, suffering phone calls and knife attacks much the same. The film franchise humor in the script is perhaps the highlight, though the soundtrack for the movie has always remained a point of heated debate. Also returning from the original film was composer Marco Beltrami, who by the time of Scream 2 had better developed his style of merging synthetic with orchestral into a semblance of what fans would hear from him for years to come. Aside from the usual interference from song placements (which, in Scream 2, became the representative soundtrack album for the movie), Beltrami also contended with studio insistence upon the inclusion of music by more established composers in the picture. These deviations most notably included an original piece, "Cassandra Aria," written by Danny Elfman in his usual brooding, Sleepy Hollow-like form for the main character Sidney's play in the story. But more controversy stemmed from the studio decision to replace Beltrami's theme for the Deputy Dewey character with the theme from Hans Zimmer's Broken Arrow. Even though both ideas borrowed heavily from the same Ennio Morricone Western twang, the studio claimed that the Zimmer temp track performed better with test audiences. Beltrami didn't learn about the decision to keep the Zimmer track in the film until the premiere, and he was incensed by the idea that the studio would spend as much money to license one Zimmer track as it had paid him to produce his portion of the score. He committed a rookie sin by going public with his immense dissatisfaction, prompting blowback from the studio and filmmakers.



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Average: 2.79 Stars
***** 145 5 Stars
**** 156 4 Stars
*** 263 3 Stars
** 236 2 Stars
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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)
2016 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 76:46

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1998 album includes no extra information about the scores or films. That of the 2016 album features notes about both.
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