World War Z composer Marco Beltrami: "I've never been a fan of horror movies"

Taking inspiration from an emergency broadcast signal, tuning forks and 20th century techniques, composer Marco Beltrami's score for the new Brad Pitt zombie adventure World War Z is the latest in a long line of action and horror scores for the US composer.

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Classic FM's Sam Pittis spoke to Beltrami as World War Z is due to be released in cinemas, and also discussed how, despite not being a horror film fan, he is able to effectively immerse the audience in the post-apocalyptic world of the film.

It wasn't, however, without its challenges, as the film underwent production setbacks: "When this movie started out it was very intense. The studio was really adamant that it had to be a PG-13 movie… then, of course, that does affect the music too."

Beltrami also discusses his career in scoring horror movies like the Scream franchise, Warm Bodies and Resident Evil , as well as his score for the upcoming comic book blockbuster The Wolverine .

Listen to the interview here.

Video: World War Z music featurette