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Scream 4 (Soundtrack) by Marco Beltrami

Scream 4
Composed by Marco Beltrami
Promotional Release (2010)

Rating: 5/10

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“The greatest disappointment of SCREAM 4 is the total lack of evolution heard in the music. The score starts, continues and, barring a slight moment of catharsis in the final track, ends in pretty much the same way.”

A Mid-Level Scream
Review by Richard Buxton

When looking back at the various franchises that have seen revivals in recent years, SCREAM may not have been one that stood out for the sequel treatment, a treatment that is becoming all-too familiar. Having previously left us with the less than critically successful SCREAM 3, WES CRAVEN’S slasher series had quickly “become what it originally spoofed” (Rotten Tomatoes, 2011), a somewhat disappointing ending to what was once a fresh and entertaining idea. Despite this, it’s never too late for a sequel in Hollywood, and so Ghostface has returned in SCREAM 4. Revisiting Woodsboro after 10 years, NEVE CAMPBELL’S SID must once again face the terrors of the masked killer.

Also returning to the fray is series composer MARCO BELTRAMI. Having composed all three previous SCREAM films, BELTRAMI’S name suggests a continuation to the relatively adequate music heard previously. Never did the music of the franchise threaten to stun the ears of listeners, but it provided sufficient thrills to support the murderous efforts of Ghostface.

The original music in the SCREAM franchise is perhaps most famous for implementing HANS ZIMMER’S BROKEN ARROW theme. The decision to include the theme led to many a confused viewer, as images of stealth fighters and nuclear missiles were conjured amongst all the teen-slashing-terror. In SCREAM 4, Beltrami has done away with the theme, instead momentarily referencing it with a throwaway effort as heard in “Dewey In The Morning” (2). The evocative guitar, so ingrained in the spirit of BROKEN ARROW, becomes merely a disposable nod. It is the more upbeat and emotional moments that the score approaches success however. “Working Together” (8), a tiptoeing piece, creates a more playful demeanor amongst the constant repetitive angst, whilst “I Know How You Feel” (11) portrays real feeling in the string harmonies and the haunting choir and piano in the closing moments. These moments are momentarily extended in the opening moments of “Touch and Go” (19) and throughout “When You Let Someone Go” (4). These fleeting moments hint at a side to the score that BELTRAMI has not managed to develop into something more substantial, and a side to the score that would have provided a more rounded and enjoyable listening experience.

The majority of the music heard in SCREAM 4 is ultimately generic, to-be-expected horror music that proves to be little more than a way of suggesting the audience should be scared right about now. The frantic rising staccato blasts of the orchestra heard at the climax of “You’re Not Real” (1) can be found in almost any second-rate horror film as they do nothing other than state the obvious. The cacophonous racket that typifies the likes of “Which Closet” (7) and “You Are The Message (9) becomes tired and predictable almost instantly. The relentless crashes of instruments occasionally calls a ceasefire for moments of rhythmic comprehension, “Everything’s Under Control” (10), but these moments are so fleeting that they barely deserve a mention.

The greatest disappointment of SCREAM 4 is the total lack of evolution heard in the music. The score starts, continues and, barring a slight moment of catharsis in the final track, ends in pretty much the same way. The idea behind the SCREAM films is clearly not the subtlest and doesn’t cry out for a musical background of maturity and elegance, but such a score certainly wouldn’t hurt. This is truly emphasized in the brief moments that will likely trick a listener into greater expectations. 25 seconds into “Your Ingenue Days Are Over”, the music mercifully suggests that it may be taking a long overdue evolutionary step forward. The motif heard is of utmost simplicity, but would certainly suffice all things considered. Yet, this moment is quickly washed away as the formulaic underscore returns.

The final track of SCREAM 4, “Sid’s Advice” (21) is one of the aforementioned moments of promise. The second half of the track is one of actual interest, and if listened to alone, would suggest that all that preceded it was of a similar nature. The almost bittersweet rising and descending of the strings hints that the previous twenty tracks had all been leading to this moment, developing themes and emotions along the way. It is the disappointing fact that this could not be further from the truth.

The music that Beltrami has composed is admittedly often creepy and jolting, but surely one has the right to expect more from a seasoned composer, writing music for the franchise he has been with since the beginning. A potentially more fulfilling listening experience would consist of the few emotionally engaging moments of SCREAM 4 being played back-to-back, rather than in-between the relentless routine horror music.


Rating: 5/10


Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 You're Not Real 5:44  ***
2 Dewey in the Morning 0:30  **
3 Cheating On My Diet/ Woodsboro 2010 2:50  **
4 When You Let Someone Go 1:36  ***
5 It's My Rental 1:35  **
6 You Were Busy 1:10  ***
7 Which Closet 4:33  **
8 Working Together 1:24  ***
9 Your Are the Message 3:15  **
10 Everything's Under Control 1:18  **
11 In Know How You Feel 2:31  ****
12 Cameras Obscured 1:34  ***
13 Gail and Ghostface 1:05  **
14 Don't Spoilt It 4:27  ***
15 The After Party 2:48  **
16 I Got It Right 3:59  **
17 Your Ingenue Days Are Over 5:46  ***
18 The After-After Party 3:16  **
19 Touch and Go 2:53  ***
20 Don't Spoilt It. Part 2 3:58  **
21 Sid's Advice 1:52  ***
  Total Running Time (approx) 58 minutes  


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