Music in Horror Film is a collection of essays that examine the
effects of music and its ability to provoke or intensify fear in
this particular genre of film. Frightening images and ideas can be
made even more intense when accompanied with frightening musical
sounds, and music in horror film frequently makes its audience feel
threatened and uncomfortable through its sudden stinger chords and
other shock effects. The essays in this collection address the
presence of music in horror films and their potency within them.
With contributions from scholars across the disciplines of music
and film studies, these essays delve into blockbusters like The
Exorcist, The Shining, and The Sixth Sense together with lesser
known but still important films like Carnival of Souls and The Last
House on the Left. By leading us with the ear to hear these films
in new ways, these essays allow us to see horror films with fresh
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