Friday, January 07, 2022

Scream Yourself To Sleep Tonight

I'm trying real hard to ignore all the news about the new Scream movie because people have now seen it and are feeling the need to trumpet that fact all over Twitter -- that said I am seeing it on Tuesday myself, and yes I will be reviewing it so stay tuned! But this news isn't about the new movie: it's about the four previous ones, so I can go there. Specifically, the score to all four films is being released in a massive vinyl boxed-set in June! 

Four blood red records containing composer Marco Beltrami's music from the four Wes Craven films, and it's apparently loaded with never-before-released material to boot. Any Scream geek must have! It's out on June 10th and you can pre-order it at this link. I'll share the entire press release along with a trailer for the vinyl (which is apparently a thing that happens now) and the entire tracklists right here after the jump...

January 7, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) — As the latest installment of Scream lands in theaters this winter, Varèse Sarabande revisits Marco Beltrami’s masterful scores from the horror franchise’s first four films with Scream: Original Motion Picture Soundtracks. The 4-LP set—pressed on blood-red vinyl with black smoke swirls—dedicates a full album to each film and includes two hours of unreleased material. In all retail stores June 10, and available for pre-order today, the collection is housed in a unique jacket, which folds out into a 3’ x 2’ Ghostface mask. For fans seeking additional content, the 6-CD and digital editions (both available today) offer each film’s score in its entirety, plus more than four hours of unreleased music, previously unreleased demos, cues, and alternate takes. The CD box set is available exclusively on and and limited to 1,800 units. Both the CD and vinyl versions feature new, in-depth liner notes from film music journalist and author, Jim Lochner.

In 1996, Scream ushered in a new generation of slasher flicks—mixing self-awareness and satire with chills, gore, and plenty of plot twists. 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 flipped the genre on its side. As Lochner writes, “Williamson populated the film with characters who knew about other horror films, spent much of their time referencing other horror films, and even recognized they were living inside of a horror film.”
Typically, the genre featured unknown players; but, in another unorthodox move, Scream’s cast was filled with high-profile 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 figures throughout the franchise, each installment has added a new roster of stars (plus 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).
The original Scream—which went on to become one of the highest-grossing horror films of all-time—centers around Sidney Prescott (Campbell), a high school student in the fictional town of Woodsboro, CA, who is targeted by a masked serial killer, known as “Ghostface.” Over the following sequels, Prescott continues to face new pursuers, who all assume the Ghostface identity. Underscoring the action for the first four Scream films is an engaging score by Mario Beltrami.
Scream was not only Beltrami’s big break into Hollywood, but it also served as his introduction to the genre. “It was a little bit strange for me because…I’d never seen a horror movie,” Beltrami told Lochner. “There are a lot of references to other horror movies, which I didn’t understand at all, so I felt a little uncomfortable.” Nevertheless, Craven was impressed with Beltrami’s work and took a chance on the young composer. Scream would mark the first of seven collaborations between the two men.

Beltrami’s first project was the film’s opening scene. “It had this over-the-top, almost operatic nature to it…. It was very dynamic. That was the mode I followed with the rest of the score,” he recalls, adding that his unfamiliarity with the genre played to his advantage. “I viewed the movie from a very innocent standpoint, taking the images not in any jaded way but truly petrified.”

Beltrami, who recalls that Craven was “very patient with me,” recorded the Scream score on a limited budget. This led to plenty of ingenuity in the studio—working with smaller combinations of musicians, in lieu of a full orchestra, and bolstering recordings with synthesizers and stock library samples. Among the most memorable compositions from this film were two musical themes that Beltrami revisited throughout his work with the franchise. They include Sidney’s theme (“Sidney Wants It”) and, as Lochner notes, a “Spaghetti Western sound that…ultimately evolved into a more prominent guitar theme [“Dewey’s Theme”] for Dewey (Arquette) in the sequels.”

The success of the first Scream afforded Beltrami a broader range of musical tools for the sequel, 1998’s 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 revealed itself in his use of musical trickery. “I learned to play with the audience expectation by using sound to scare,” he explains. “If you’re expecting a scare at a certain point, you don’t do it then. You do it when the audience lets down their guard. You put the sting where they’re not expecting it and it throws everybody off.”

When Scream 3 arrived in 2000, Beltrami was working with a 95-piece orchestra and a 30-person choir. He also was fully entrenched in the Scream universe. “That whole searching process, that whole Sturm und Drang of trying to figure out what the movie was got so much easier… I could just write the cues and not worry about it.” But Scream 4, which dropped a decade later, found Beltrami, Craven, and Williamson moving in a new direction. This time, the plot reflected a significant cultural shift, following the rise of social media, smartphones, and online culture. “Since Scream 4 was intended for a new era 10 years removed from the original trilogy, I wanted to sonically set it apart from the over-the-top polish and orchestral extravagance of the previous few entries,” explains Beltrami. “I thought it would be more interesting to aim for a more gritty, rough-around-the-edges, scaled-back sound, while still retaining the familiar themes and overall sound of the franchise.”

As Lochner notes, it was Scream that started it all for Beltrami, introducing him “to the craziness of…composing for big Hollywood films.” Since then, the Academy Award®-nominated composer has scored more than a hundred films, TV shows, and video games, including A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II, Snowpiercer, The Hurt Locker, and Free Solo, which earned Beltrami his first Emmy® Award. But Scream will always hold a special place in the composer’s heart—particularly because it established his long-running creative partnership and friendship with Craven, who died in 2015 at the age of 76. “Wes really taught me a lot about how I score movies,” shares Beltrami. “I really treasured the relationship. It was more than just a work relationship. I felt like he nurtured my career.”
But that isn’t the end of the Scream story. While rumors of a fifth installment pervaded Hollywood for several years, it wasn’t until 2019 that the movie 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, Southbound), the film features a brand-new score from the 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 new film’s official score. An expanded 24-track CD and digital version of Scream: Music from the Motion Picture is available today on all digital platforms, with the CD available exclusively at and A 14-track vinyl LP in a reflective mirror board jacket is currently available for pre-order at all physical retailers, while special pressing of the album—limited to 300 units, on clear vinyl with red smoke—can be found exclusively on and Both vinyl variants of Scream: Music from the Motion Picture are set for release on June 10.
Scream: Original Motion Picture Soundtracks: Box Set Tracklist (CD, digital)
Disc 1 (Scream):
1. Dimension Logo 0:18
2. The Cue From Hell 10:33
3. Trouble in Woodsboro 1:51
4. Sid's House 1:12
5. Red Herring 2:13
6. Killer Calls Sidney 2:52
7. Chasing Sidney 1:29
8. Cell Phone 1:00
9. Backdoor Gale 0:48
10. Schoolyard 2 1:17
11. Sid's Doubt 1:23
12. Bathroom 2:57
13. Mr. Himbry Gets It 2:11
14. Sheriff and Dewey 1:21
15. Tatum's Torture 2:46
16. Sidney Wants It 3:07
17. Dewey and Gale 1:57
18. Off to See Himbry 0:41
19. Killer Stabs Billy 2:49
20. Randy Almost Gets It 2:33
21. Gale Crashes the Van 1:33
22. They're Crazy 9:42
23. Sid Stabs Billy 4:24
24. Billy's Back  0:52
25. End Credits 1:39
Disc 2 (Scream 2):
1. Opening 0:47
2. Phil Scares Maureen 1:38
3. Maureen Steals the Show 1:47
4. Your Lucky Day 0:49
5. Check Out the News 1:05
6. Sid and Randy Talk 1:06
7. Introducing Gale Again 1:08
8. Sid and Dewey Talk 2:20
9. Dewey's Theme 1:39
10. Cici's Home 0:28
11. Cici Gets the Call 2:57
12. Cici Is Killed 2:36
13. Crime Scene 1:32
14. Sidney Is Attacked 2:50
15. Derek at Hospital 1:20
16. Killing Theories 1:30
17. Cassandra Aria † 2:16
18. Sid Runs Into Derek 1:37
19. Murder in the Van 4:06
20. Sid in Library 1:27
21. Cotton Confronts Sidney 2:13
22. Cops Question Cotton 2:53
23. Joel Quits 3:38
24. Dewey and Gale Attacked 6:42
25. Sid Says Goodbye 1:49
26. Sid Needs a New Roommate 6:40
27. Cassandra Reprise † 1:09
28. Showdown 3:17
29. The Big Showdown 8:00
30. Sid Kills Killer 2:46
31. More Lives Than a Cat 1:15
32. Scream 2 Theme 1:27
Disc 3 (Scream 3):
1. Here We Go Again 0:49
2. Cotton Car 2:25
3. 100% Scared 2:25
4. Cotton Gets Picked 2:21
5. Home on the Range 2:00
6. Gale Meets Kincaid 1:07
7. Gale Arrives 0:30
8. Sunset Pictures (Full Version)* 1:46
9. Dewey and the Gales 1:02
10. Gale Kicked Off Set 0:48
11. Dad Brings Home the Bacon 1:01
12. Sidney's Nightmare 1:56
13. BooBalicious 0:57
14. Candy Phone 1:53
15. Candy Ain't so Sweet 0:54
16. Kincaid at Crime Scene 0:50
17. Three Different Scripts 0:26
18. The Fall of Roman 1:09
19. Killer Calls Sidney 1:25
20. Gale Spies on Dewey 1:27
21. Comparing Photos 1:26
22. Stone Cold Dead 3:59
23. Roll With It 2:44
24. Sid Arrives 2:33
25. On the Set 0:47
26. Randy Speaks 2:51
27. Searching 1:03
28. Leia and the Stormtroopers 1:22
29. Sid in the Can 2:06
Disc 4 (Scream 3):
1. Home Sweet Home 1:46
2. Killer in the Closet 2:34
3. Mother's Room 0:59
4. The Fall Girl 1:09
5. Milton Takes Meetings 3:05
6. At the Station 3:14
7. Dewey Mobile (Full Version) 2:07
8. Roman Around 3:20
9. The Killer's Phone 2:20
10. Ghostface Attacks 2:24
11. Ghostface vs. Jennifer 1:16
12. Dewey Falls for Gale 2:20
13. Sidney's Call 3:20
14. Sidney Joins the Party 4:33
15. Sid and Ghostface 1:43
16. Boom Boom Out Go Lights 4:43
17. All in the Family 3:41
18. Sid Wears a Dress 2:47
19. Doppelgaler 1:00
20. Sid's Theme (reprise) 0:50
Disc 5 (Scream 4):
1. Stab 6 3:41
2. You're Not Real 5:44
3. Dewey in the Morning 0:29
4. Jenny's Phone Call 0:42
5. Dewey Cleans Up 0:32
6. Cheating on My Diet 2:09
7. Woodsboro 2010 0:43
8. When You Let Someone Go 1:36
9. It's My Rental 1:35
10. The Media Arrives 0:37
11. Interrogation 1:17
12. How's Gale 1:18
13. No Match for the Ninja 0:48
14. You Were Busy 1:09
15. In the Closet 1:42
16. Olivia Dies 4:33
17. Woodsboro Remake 0:21
18. Working Together 1:24
19. You Are the Message 3:14
20. Everything's Under Control 1:18
21. I Know How You Feel 2:30
22. Cameras Obscured 1:33
23. Gale and Ghostface 1:05
24. He's Making the Movie 0:36
25. Fuck Bruce Willis 2:16
26. You're a Survivor 4:27
27. The After Party 2:47
28. Make a Move 0:48
29. I'm Gay...If It Helps 1:17
30. Jill, Run! 1:54
31. I Got It, Right 3:58
32. This Is Making a Move 1:22
33. Your Ingenue Days Are Over 5:46
34. Sole Survivor 3:17
35. Touch and Go 2:52
36. You Just Won't Die 3:57
37. Don't Fuck With the Original 1:53
Disc 6 (Bonus Cuts and Extras):
From Scream:
1. Sid's Window
2. Gut Someone
3. Sid Looks
4. Billy Looks
5. Billy to Cell
6. Killer Calls Again
7. Bang Into Billy
8. Girl Talk
9. Video Store
10 Why She's Here
11. Billy Sting
12. Prescott's Car
13. Hairbrush
14. The Cue From Hell (orchestra only)
15. I Don't Care (vocals performed by Dillon Dixon)
From Scream 2:
16. Phil Gets the Point
17. Sidney Gets a Prank Call
18. Cotton on the News
19. News Conference
20. Gale Bumps Into Cotton
21. Shower (From Stab, the film within the film) 
22. Window Crash (From Stab, the film within the film) †
23. Kill (From Stab, the film within the film) †
From Scream 3:
24. Sunset Pictures (alternate edit)
25. Ghostface Attacks/Ghostface vs. Jennifer/Dewey Falls for Gale
(original demo suite)
From Scream 4:
26. Dewey in the Morning (original demo)
27. Dewey Cleans Up (original demo)
28. Stab Main Title (rejected demo)
Scream: Original Motion Picture Soundtracks Box Set Tracklist (vinyl)
Disc 1: Scream
Side A:
1. Dimension Logo (0:19)
2. The Cue from Hell (10:33)
3. Trouble in Woodsboro (1:52)
4. Red Herring (2:13)
5. Chasing Sidney (1:29
6. Backdoor Gale (0:49)
7. Schoolyard 2 (1:17)
8. Bathroom (2:58)
Side B:
1. Sheriff and Dewey (1:21)
2. Tatum's Torture (2:46)
3. Sidney Wants It (3:09)
4. Killer Stabs Billy (2:50)
5. They're Crazy (9:42)
6. End Credit Material (1:40)
Disc 2: Scream 2
Side A:
1. Opening (0:47)
2. Maureen Steals the Show (1:47)
3. Your Lucky Day (0:49)
4. Sid and Randy Talk (1:06)
5. Introducing Gale Again (1:09)
6. Sid and Dewey Talk (2:20)
7. Dewey's Theme (1:39)
8. Cici Gets the Call (2:57)
9. Derek at Hospital (1:20)
10. Murder in the Van (4:06)
11. Joel Quits (3:39)
Side B:
1. Dewey and Gale Attacked (6:43)
2. Sid Says Goodbye (1:49)
3. Showdown (3:17)
4. The Big Showdown (8:01)
5. Scream 2 Theme (1:26)
Disc 3: Scream 3
Side A:
1. Here We Go Again (0:49)
2. Cotton Car (2:25)
3. Cotton Gets Picked (2:22)
4. Home on the Range (2:00)
5. Sunset Pictures (full version) (1:46)
6. Sidney's Nightmare (1:56)
7. Candy Ain't so Sweet (0:54)
8. Gale Spies on Dewey (1:27)
9. Comparing Photos (1:26)
10 On the Set (0:49)
11. Home Sweet Home (1:46)
12. Killer in the Closet (2:32)
13. Mother's Room (1:00)
Side B:
1. The Fall Girl (1:09)
2. Gale & Dewey Drive to Milton a.k.a At the Station (3:14)
3. Dewey Mobile (1:15) 
4. Ghostface Attacks (2:24)
5. Ghostface vs. Jennifer (1:18)
6. Sidney's Call (3:18)
7. Boom Boom Out Go Lights (4:43)
8. Sid Wears a Dress (2:47)
9. Sid's Theme (reprise) (0:49)
Disc 4: Scream 4
Side A:
1. You're Not Real (5:44)
2. Cheating on My Diet / Woodsboro 2010 (2:50)
3. When You Let Someone Go (1:36)
4. Which Closet? (4:32)
5. You Are the Message (3:14)
6. Everything's Under Control (1:18)
7. I Know How You Feel (2:31)
Side B:
1. I Got It, Right (3:59)
2. Your Ingenue Days Are Over (5:46)
3. The After-After Party (3:16)
4. Touch and Go (2:52)
5. Don't Spoil It, Pt. 2 (3:58)
6. Don't Fuck With the Original (1:55)


Hot guys said...

Same story, will watch it as soon as it's available 🙂

And yeah... NO to spoilers 👋🏻

Simon said...

I’m gonna need to avoid spoilers for awhile since they closed the theatres where I live due to omicron. Scream was going to be the first movie I saw in a theatre in a very long time.