As World War Z hits the theaters this weekend and Brad Pitt and the zombies steal the show, take note of the films’s score too, as Academy Award nominee Marco Beltrami has created the orchestration on an epic scale. Watch the new trailer and listen to Beltrami’s work.
Beltrami has primarily worked on horror films throughout his career, including all four Scream movies, Scary Movie 2, Mimic, The Faculty, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, The Crow III: Salvation, 54, and many many more. In a recent interview on NPR’s Sound Check, Beltrami talks about how he created WWZ’s eerie tone. “Drawing on the theme of zombie bites, Beltrami used teeth from the skulls of feral pigs as percussion instruments. The result is a creepy musical backdrop for equally unsettling images of zombie attacks.”
I was very conscious of the story point that the zombies perpetuate themselves through biting and through their teeth. So I was thinking it might be neat to have a percussive element that’s actually derived from teeth. I was speaking with a friend of mine who was making a movie — Tommy Lee Jones — and he said, “Well you know, in Texas, where I’m from, we have these wild feral pigs called javelinas, and they actually communicate with their jaws.” So Buck [Sanders], who’s my partner at the studio, ordered some javelina skulls and we started doing experiments with them.
Interesting that he’s made a career composing scores for horror films, when he’s not even a big fan of the genre.
I started out coming from more of a concert music background. It just turns out that 20th century music techniques lend themselves to scary movies and horror movies. But I have to admit that I really don’t care for horror movies all that much. I think mainly just because I’m a cheap scare.
Listen to more of Beltrami’s work in the clips below and let us know if you watch WWZ this weekend and what you think of his score.
- Cindy faces off against the manor's black cat in a punch-out of epic proportions. In this scene: Cindy (Anna Faris)
- Dwight and the ghost of Kane face off in the ultimate battle -- on wheels. In this scene: Dwight (David Cross), Hanson (Chris Elliott)
- The killer and Cindy finally face off in a Matrix-style battle. In this scene: Cindy (Anna Faris), The Killer (Dave Sheridan), Ray (Shawn Wayans), Bobby (Jon Abrahams), Sheriff (Kurt Fuller)
- After finding their friends dead, John and Molly wind up cornered with Laurie and Will—leaving Laurie with no choice but to face her worst fear. In this scene: John Tate (Josh Hartnett), Molly Cartwell (Michelle Williams), Laurie Strode / Keri Tate (Jamie Lee Curtis), Will Brennan (Adam Arkin)
- After sneaking into the faculty lounge, Delilah and Casey witness a disturbing exchange they wish they hadn't. In this scene: Casey (Elijah Wood), Delilah (Jordana Brewster), Nurse Harper (Salma Hayek), Principal Drake (Bebe Neuwirth)
- Miss Burke comes out ahead in a clash with Zeke in the school parking lot. In this scene: Zeke (Josh Hartnett), Miss Burke (Famke Janssen)
- Christine gets out of the shower only to find out that Cotton's come home early...or has he? In this scene: Christine Hamilton (Kelly Rutherford), Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber)
- Roman receives a threatening message that leads him to believe he'll be the next victim, but he has trouble getting any sympathy after the detectives find a new lead. In this scene: Dewey Riley (David Arquette), Roman Bridger (Scott Foley), Jennifer Jolie (Parker Posey), Detective Mark Kincaid (Patrick Dempsey)
- While Randy and Dewey guard Gale, the killer calls in his next move. In this scene: Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), Dewey Riley (David Arquette), Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy)
- Sidney gets ready to go out with Derek, but trouble strikes just before they can leave. In this scene: Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Dewey Riley (David Arquette)
- Unfortunately for Steve, Casey realizes too late that her prank caller is out for more than laughs. In this scene: Casey (Drew Barrymore)
- At Christmas time, Shane has trouble with his family at work and his real family at home. In this scene: Anita Randazzo (Salma Hayek), Shane O'Shea (Ryan Phillippe)
- On a dark and stormy night, a priest becomes the first victim of a mysterious, creature-like murderer. In this scene: Josh (Josh Brolin), Peter (Jeremy Northam)
- As Laurie's paranoia continues to grow, John's determined to make this Halloween worthwhile. In this scene: John Tate (Josh Hartnett), Molly Cartwell (Michelle Williams), Laurie Strode / Keri Tate (Jamie Lee Curtis), Ronald 'Ronny' Jones (LL Cool J)