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Venom 2 Composer Reveals Which Scene Was the Hardest to Score

Venom: Let There Be Carnage composer Marco Beltrami reveals which scene was the most difficult to score. Beltrami was a longtime collaborator with horror legend Wes Craven, composing music for all four movies in the Scream franchise. Beltrami’s past forays into the comic book genre include Blade IIHellboy, and Logan, though his only two scores nominated for Academy Awards have been the western 3:10 to Yuma and the war film The Hurt Locker. The composer’s work was previously heard this year in A Quiet Place Part II and now his latest project has hit theaters.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s Venom, which was largely panned by critics but grossed $856 million at the box office. Returning are Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Michelle Williams as his love interest Anne Weying, and Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady who Eddie is preparing to interview during the first film’s post-credits scene. After Riz Ahmed’s Carlton Drake was killed off at the end of the first film, Naomie Harris takes over the role of the primary antagonist as Shriek. After a few delays, Venom 2‘s release was bumped up to October 1.

With Venom: Let There Be Carnage now playing in theaters, much of the attention has been going towards the film’s wild action sequences and performances from Hardy and Harrelson, but Marco Beltrami’s electrifying score has also been garnering some well-deserved praise. recently spoke with Beltrami about his work on the film and the composer revealed which sequence was the most complex to score: the climactic fight in the cathedral. Read his full answer below:

As we were working on it, everything was in flux and a lot of areas — the effects and such — weren’t done. So, the whole cathedral fight at the end of the movie was all storyboard. So, it was a little hard to know exactly what was happening moment to moment. The music is very cue-y. In the battle when one character starts beating the other, the music needs to acknowledge that. That’s really challenging because it was hard knowing what we were doing moment to moment. The sequence is very important musically because all the themes really come together in that sequence. You have Carnage’s theme and Cletus’ theme and Venom’s theme and the love theme and everything. So, that probably took the longest to do. We would start sketching a version of it and as the picture became more developed we would refine the music. You don’t just write the cue and turn it in, it evolves with the picture.

Taking over from Ludwig Göransson, who composed the music for 2018’s Venom, Marco Beltrami has contributed an equally effective score for the sequel, which is perhaps best exemplified by the final fight sequence in the cathedral. Composers are often the unsung heroes of blockbuster films, so it’s nice to see Beltrami receiving some recognition for his thrilling score.

However, the film’s original score has been overshadowed a bit by rapper Eminem’s contribution to the soundtrack. The artist, also known as Marshall Mathers, made a song for the first Venom which played during the credits. Now he’s back with another credits song for the sequel titled “Last One Standing,” which also features Skylar Grey, Polo G, and Mozzy. Now that Venom: Let There Be Carnage is playing in theaters, audiences can go and enjoy Marco Beltrami’s rousing score alongside Eminem’s new track.