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How and Why Sound Is Used Within Horror Films

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Samah Raja

on 7 April 2016

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Transcript of How and Why Sound Is Used Within Horror Films

In film, audiences are able to hear both diegetic and non-diegetic sounds, such as different pieces of music, which creates a certain atmosphere of a genre, allowing the audience to explore a movie in an emotional way.

Music is extremely significant within horror films because it is important to allow the audience to establish a narrative ,making them emotionally captivated to the film.


Classic Soundtrack example; Jaws
A number of film franchises have a specific melody or song used within each film, which enables the audience to recognize the franchise straight away, e.g. Jaws and Psycho. This is known as an audio-visual icon of a film or its franchise. It is further used within marketing campaigns, such as teaser trailer or sound tracks to allow the film to be recognised y a wider market audience.

In most horror movies music is able to describe the impending violence or horror occurring or about to occur within a scene. It can highlight the intensity of any action within the scene.

The tone of the music is an important aspect because it creates a specific atmosphere for the film. It allows the audience to predict what might happen next, what action is being implemented, or to understand the what the character is feeling.


This is an example of where as the scene progresses, the music reflects the character's emotions throughout- "The Eye"
Music can further be used to describe the inner emotions of a character, for example in horror films music is usually used to express the character’s inner turmoil, pain or fear , which lets the audience know that they may be in danger or that something horrific is about to happen to them.

Sound Effects
Within horror films the main stereotypical sound effects used include; creaking doors, foot steps, wolf howling, owls hooting, bats, echoes voices, storm, etc. All these different sound effects conform to the stereotypical sound effects a horror film would have, so this allows the audience to easily establish the genre.

They are used to create tension within scenes when there is a key moment that is needed to be highlighted or signified in order to allow the audience to know of any impending doom to the character(s). This is called
highlighting
.

Why Directors Use Music
Directors decide to use music within the horror genre to allow the audience to have a breath-taking experience every time they watch the film.

Directors further decide to use music so that they are able to create a connection between the audience and the film by toying with the audience’s emotions with the pain or fear of the characters.

Why is sound used?
Directors & Sound Effects
How and Why Sound Is Used Within Horror Films
Sound effects allow the audience to experience the unkniwn and gather they mystery of the film to creat dramatic irony for the audience.
Examples of some stereotypical horror film sound effects......
By Samah Raja
Music
This is the horrific background music we want to incorporated into our own film opening...
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