Marco Beltrami - blockbuster film composer

Marco Beltrami - photo Marco Beltrami studied at Brown University before entering the Yale School of Music on a scholarship. He then studied for a time in Venice under the Italian master Luigi Nono and also via a fellowship with Jerry Goldsmith. He is one of the younger generation of composers who has been quite prolific in recent years on many summer blockbusters, and has found himself scoring frequently in the modern horror or thriller genres. His breakthrough was probably the music for "Scream" where he sought inspiration from another Italian composer Ennio Morricone. As well as the original Scream and its two sequels, Beltrami has also scored for the horror films Mimic, "The Faculty", "Scary Movie 2", the remakes of "The Omen" and "Carrie", "World War Z" and "The Woman in Black" (which is expected to have a sequel also with a Marco Beltrami score).

Marco Beltrami - Scream soundtrack CD cover Having served an apprenticeship on these and a number of high profile sequels of action, sci-fi and effects films (Terminator 3 and Blade 2), Beltrami then secured the rewarding task of scoring eagerly awaited film adaptations inspired by the book "I Robot" and by the comic strip Hellboy. Beltrami has now proven his versatility on the more subtle score for Tommy Lee Jones directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada where he again pays homage to Morricone, and the remake of the Western "3:10 to Yuma". Having now scored both "Live Free and Die Hard" (aka "Die Hard 4.0") and the more recent A Good Day to Die Hard, Beltrami seems to have convincingly taken over the franchise's music from the late Michael Kamen who scored the first 3 films in the "Die Hard" series.

Beltrami has recently scored The Wolverine with Hugh Jackman set mostly in Japan, with the composer making some use of Japanese instruments, the remake of "Carrie" and another film The Homesman for Tommy Lee Jones. There are many more film scores in the pipeline so watch this space. We can thoroughly recommend the compilation album called "Marco Beltrami: Music for Film" which is available at and

"Bach by Beltrami" is the film composer's latest project, re-imaging the music of Bach mainly from the Preludes of his Well-Tempered Clavier.

Films by Marco Beltrami:

    Marco Beltrami - Hellboy soundtrack CD cover
  • Halloween H20 - additional music
  • Scream 1, 2, 3, and now Scream 4 - making and cementing the composer's reputation
  • Mimic - coming soon after "Scream" and underlining Beltrami's horror credentials
  • The Faculty
  • The Watcher
  • Scary Movie 2
  • Dracula 2000
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - following in the footsteps of Brad Fiedel and again (like Hellboy) handing over to Danny Elfman for the next in the series
  • Resident Evil - quite Hardcore sounding with Marilyn Manson
  • Crow 3: The Salvation - taking over from Graeme Revell who scored the first two Crow movies
  • I Am Dina
  • Blade 2 - the original "Blade" was by Mark Isham
  • Hellboy - based on the comic book, the music includes sounds from a Theremin - the sequel was scored by Danny Elfman
  • Flight of the Phoenix
  • I Robot - Beltrami includes a number of electronic effects on this Will Smith movie based on the Robot books of Isaac Asimov
  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada - the film won awards for director Tommy Lee Jones at Cannes in 2005, and the soundtrack also features a number of Tex-Mex popular songs
  • The Omen - a homage to Jerry Goldsmith's original with some thematic references
  • Live Free and Die Hard - with all the required action music and known as "Die Hard 4.0" in the UK
  • 3:10 to Yuma - again Beltrami demonstrates an affinity for Westerns and a Morricone-like presence in this remake of the original scored by Dimitri Tiomkin
  • Marco Beltrami - Soul Surfer soundtrack CD cover
  • The Invisible
  • The Eye
  • Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (with Marcus Trumpp)
  • Mesrine: Killer Instinct - "Executive Musical Director" with score composer: Eloi Painchaud
  • The Hurt Locker (with Buck Sanders) - has a strong focus on hard dark electronic sounds to accompany the army bomb squad working in Iraq
  • Max Payne (also with Buck Sanders)
  • In the Electric Mist
  • Knowing - sci-fi with Nic Cage
  • Marco Beltrami - The Woman in Black soundtrack CD cover
  • 13
  • Repo Men - with occasional collaborator iZLER receiving an additional music credit
  • Jonah Hex
  • My Soul to Take
  • Don't be Afraid of the Dark
  • Soul Surfer
  • The Thing
  • The Surrogate
  • The Woman in Black - a scary film with a post-Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe
  • Deadfall
  • Trouble with the Curve
  • Warm Bodies
  • A Good Day to Die Hard - with the composer's 2nd "Die Hard" film, Beltrami has clearly taken over the mantle from the late Michael Kamen
  • World War Z - zombie film partly shot in Glasgow, doubling for Philadelphia
  • The Wolverine - set in Japan with some martial arts influences in the music
  • Snowpiercer - a Korean production
  • Carrie (2013) - remake
  • The Giver
  • The Homesman - a traditional yet modern Western for Tommy Lee Jones
  • The Drop
  • Seventh Son
  • The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
  • Fantastic Four - a reboot/reimaging for the four superheroes with Philip Glass as co-composer!
  • Hitman: Agent 47
  • No Escape
  • The Night Before
  • Gods of Egypt
  • The Shallows
  • Ben-Hur (2016)
  • Logan - following on from his previous "Wolverine"
  • The Snowman
  • Mathilde
  • Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders & Ceiri Torjussen: Shadow in my Eye - film score album cover
  • A Quiet Place - the music plays an important role in a film about silence
  • Free Solo - the documentary movie of Alex Hannold doing the first free solo climb of Yosemite's El Capitan wall
  • Love and Monsters - with Marcus Trumpp
  • A Quiet Place Part II - extending the sound world of the original movie
  • Chaos Walking
  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage - sequel to "Venom" scored by Ludwig G√∂ransson
  • The Bombardment (aka "Shadow in my Eye") - with co-composers Buck Sanders & Ceiri Torjussen
  • Deep Water
  • American Night - with additional music by Michael Picton & Ceiri Torjussen
  • Plane - with Marcus Trumpp
  • Renfield - with Nicolas Hoult as Renfield and Nicolas Cage as Dracula

TV Music by Marco Beltrami:

  • Glory Days
  • The Practice
  • V - the later 2009 series
  • Turn
  • 1864 - series
  • Six - TV series
  • Lucifer - TV series

Marco Beltrami - Recommendations:

A number of Marco Beltrami scores are widely available on CD or for download, and we suggest the following items as a good place to start:

Marco Beltrami - Memorabilia:

Here are some CD covers signed by Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders & Marcus Trumpp. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click any thumbnail below to see the image full size in a separate window.

Marco Beltrami: Blade 2 - signed CD Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders: Max Payne - signed CD Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders: The Hurt Locker - signed CD Marco Beltrami: Film Music 2002 - signed CD Marco Beltrami: I Am Dina - signed CD Marco Beltrami: In the Electric Mist - signed CD Marco Beltrami: Knowing - signed CD Marco Beltrami & Marcus Trumpp: Mesrine - signed CD Marco Beltrami: Scream - signed CD Marco Beltrami: Soul Surfer - signed CD Marco Beltrami - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - signed CD Marco Beltrami: The Omen - signed CD Marco Beltrami: 3:10 to Yuma - signed CD Marco Beltrami: Deep Water - signed CD Marco Beltrami: Dracula 2000 - signed CD Marco Beltrami: Flight of the Phoenix - signed CD Marco Beltrami: I, Robot - signed CD Marco Beltrami: Mimic - signed CD Marco Beltrami: The Faculty - signed CD Marco Beltrami: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada - signed CD Marco Beltrami: The Woman in Black - signed CD