Marco Beltrami

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Marco Beltrami
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Beltrami at ComicCon 2013
Background information
Birth nameMarco Edward Jonathan Beltrami[citation needed]
Born (1966-10-07) October 7, 1966 (age 52)
Long Island, New York
GenresFilm score
Years active1994–present

Marco Edward Beltrami (born October 7, 1966) is an American film and television composer and conductor, best known for his work scoring horror films such as Scream (1996) and its sequels, Mimic (1997), The Faculty (1998), Resident Evil (2002), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) and The Woman in Black (2012). A long-time friend and collaborator of Wes Craven, Beltrami has scored seven of the director's films including all four films in the Scream franchise (1996–2011). Beltrami has been nominated for two Academy Awards for 3:10 to Yuma and The Hurt Locker, and won a Satellite Award for Best Original Score for Soul Surfer (2011). He also scored Guillermo del Toro's 2004 supernatural superhero film Hellboy, the 2013 superhero film The Wolverine and its sequel Logan.

Life and career[edit]

Beltrami was born in Long Island, New York, of Italian and Greek descent.[1] He attended Ward Melville High School, and afterwards, graduated from Brown University and studied at the Yale School of Music, and then moved west to the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, where he studied under legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith.[citation needed]

A few classical commissions and USC student films aside, Beltrami scored his first feature in 1994, the thriller Death Match for director Joe Coppolletta, and reached a higher level of public acclaim in 1996 when he wrote the score for Wes Craven's smash hit shocker Scream. Since then, Beltrami has become firmly entrenched as a composer of choice for the horror/thriller and action genre, with the Scream sequels and hit films such as Mimic (1997), The Faculty (1998), Angel Eyes (2001), Joy Ride (2001), Resident Evil (2002), which he co-composed with Marilyn Manson, Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), I, Robot (2004) and Red Eye (2005) featuring prominently in his resume. Apart from horror/thriller and action, he also scores certain independent films such as The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his score for the film David and Lisa in 1998, indicating a desire to spread his musical wings beyond the bounds of his genre pigeonholing.

He has composed the recent entries in the Die Hard saga, Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard, taking over from Michael Kamen from whom Beltrami used some of the original themes from the previous three films due to Kamen's death in 2003. Beltrami earned an Academy Award nomination for his work on James Mangold's acclaimed 2007 western remake, 3:10 to Yuma. Despite having met a mixed critical response, he was also nominated, alongside Buck Sanders, for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Original Score for his score to The Hurt Locker.[2] In 2011, he was met with critical praise and won a Satellite Award for Best Original Score for his score to the drama film Soul Surfer.[3] Beltrami composed the soundtrack for Pierce Brosnan's 2014 spy film November Man.[4]

Beltrami co-composed the score for the 2015 Fantastic Four film with Philip Glass.[5]

Beltrami's signature style is based around highly percussive texture. He often employs both traditional percussive instruments like bass drums, as well as violins and brass instruments, forming layers of hits and stabs.


Beltrami has worked repeatedly with such directors as James Mangold, Alex Proyas, Len Wiseman, John Moore, Wes Craven, and Guillermo del Toro.[6] He has also worked with other musicians, including Marilyn Manson (for Resident Evil).

It was reported in October 2002 on Beltrami's official website that he had worked on orchestral arrangements for "Thyme", "The General" and "Elvis Presley and the Monster of Soul" (also known as "Leave Me Alone") from the then-unreleased Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy.[7] While none of those tracks appear on the final track listing of the album, they were confirmed as being recorded during the sessions with a chance of release in the future. However, he was credited officially for providing arrangements on "Street of Dreams", "Madagascar", "There Was a Time", "This I Love" and "Prostitute". "Chinese Democracy" is also the name of a track on Beltrami's score for 3:10 to Yuma.




Year Title Notes
1994 Death Match
1995 The Whispering
The Bicyclist Short film
1996 Scream
1997 Mimic
Scream 2
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Composed with John Ottman
Themes by John Carpenter
The Faculty
1999 The Minus Man
The Florentine
Walking Across Egypt


Year Title Notes
2000 Goodbye Casanova
The Crow: Salvation
Scream 3
The Incorporated
The Watcher
Highway 395
Dracula 2000
2001 Angel Eyes
Joy Ride
2002 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
I Am Dina
Resident Evil Composed with Marilyn Manson
Blade II
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
2004 Hellboy Nominated – Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Score
I, Robot
Flight of the Phoenix
2005 Cursed
xXx: State of the Union
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Red Eye
2006 Underworld: Evolution Themes by Paul Haslinger
The Omen Themes by Jerry Goldsmith
2007 Captivity
The Substitute
The Invisible
3:10 to Yuma Nominated – Academy Award for Best Original Score
Nominated – World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year
Live Free or Die Hard Themes by Michael Kamen
2008 The Eye
Max Payne Composed with Buck Sanders
Mesrine Composed with Marcus Trumpp
Nominated – César Award for Best Original Music
2009 In the Electric Mist
The Hurt Locker Composed with Buck Sanders
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Original Score
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Composer


Year Title Notes
2010 Repo Men
Jonah Hex Composed with Mastodon
My Soul to Take
2011 Soul Surfer Won - Satellite Award for Best Original Score
Scream 4
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Composed with Buck Sanders
The Thing
2012 The Woman in Black Nominated - Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Score
Trouble with the Curve
The Sessions
2013 Warm Bodies Composed with Buck Sanders
A Good Day to Die Hard Themes by Michael Kamen and Ludwig van Beethoven
Snowpiercer Nominated - Grand Bell Award for Best Music
World War Z Composed with Muse
The Wolverine
2014 The Homesman
The Giver
The November Man
The Drop
Seventh Son
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death Composed with Brandon Roberts & Marcus Trumpp
2015 The Gunman
True Story
Fantastic Four Composed with Philip Glass
Hitman: Agent 47 Themes by Jesper Kyd
No Escape Composed with Buck Sanders
The Night Before Composed with Miles Hankins
2016 Gods of Egypt
The Shallows
Ben-Hur Additional Music by Brandon Roberts, As composer and conductor with Mark Graham
2017 Logan Replaced Cliff Martinez Additional music by Brandon Roberts & Marcus Trumpp
The Snowman Replaced Jonny Greenwood Additional music by Miles Hankins, Brandon Roberts, Marcus Trumpp & Dennis Smith
2018 A Quiet Place Additional Music by Miles Hankins, Brandon Roberts & Marcus Trumpp, As composer and conductor with Pete Anthony
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Free Solo Additional Music By Brandon Roberts
2019 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Composed with Dennis Smith
Velvet Buzzsaw Composed with Buck Sanders & additional music by Marcus Trumpp
Long Shot Composed with Miles Hankins
Underwater Composed with Brandon Roberts
Ford v. Ferrari
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Composed with Anna Drubich
Gemini Man


Year Title Notes
1995 Land's End 13 episodes
1996 Inhumanoid Television film
1997 Stranger in My Home
1997 Dellaventura 1 episode
1998 David and Lisa Television film
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special
1999 Deep Water Television film
1999 Tuesdays with Morrie
2002 Glory Days 9 episodes
2000-2004 The Practice 85 episodes
2009–2011 V 22 episodes
2011 The Sunset Limited Television film
2014–2017 Turn: Washington's Spies 40 episodes
2014–present 1864 8 episodes
2015–Present Lucifer 13 episodes
2017–2018 Six 18 episodes


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2011-03-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Clemmensen, Christian (19 February 2010). "The Hurt Locker (Marco Beltrami)". Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  3. ^ Clemmensen, Christian (7 July 2011). "Soul Surfer (Marco Beltrami)". Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Marco Beltrami Scoring 'November Man'". Film Music Reporter. December 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "Marco Beltrami to Score 'The Fantastic Four' Reboot". Film Music Reporter. January 6, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  6. ^ Clemmensen, Christian. "Marco Beltrami (1966–)". Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  7. ^ "2002: Chinese Whispers / 2002 / GNR Evolution - Guns N Roses Forum".

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