Music in the Horror Film

Music in the Horror Film

by Neil Lerner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415992028

ISBN-13: 9780415992022

Pub. Date: 12/18/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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 eyes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415992022
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/18/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Perface: Listening to Fear/Listening with Fear viii

Acknowledgment xii

1 Carnival of Souls and the Organs of Horror Julie Brown 1

2 Mischief Afoot: Supernatural Horror-comedies and the Diabolus in Musica Janet K. Halfyyard 21

3 The Monster and the Music Box: Children and the Soundtrack of Horror Stan Link 38

4 The Strange Case of Rouben Mamoulian's Sound Stew: The Uncanny Soundtrack in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) Neil Lerner 55

5 Voice That Lie Within: The Heard and Unheard in Psycho Ross J. Fenimore 80

6 Pop Goes the Horror Score: Left Alone in The Last House on the Left Joe Tompkins 98

7 Ramblin' Men and Piano Men: Crises of Music and Masculinity in The Exorcist Claire Sisco King 114

8 Rehearing The Shining: Musical Undercurrents in the Overlook Hotel David J.Code 133

9 Hearing Deep Seated Fears: John Carpenter's The Fog (1980) K. J. Donnelly 152

10 Music and the Adult Ideal in A Nightmare on Elm Street James Buhler 168

11 The Beauty of Horror: Kilar, Coppola, and Dracula James Deaville 187

12 Quieting the Ghosts in The Sixth Sense and The Others Lloyd Whitesell 206

List of Contributors 225

Index 228

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