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The Sound of Horror: Silence & Sound Contrasts in Sci-Fi Horror Movies

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

The sound design of sci-fi horror movies plays a central role in creating the chilling pleasures produced by scary encounters with alien beings. Using Alien (1979) as a central example, this paper explores the idea that a specific stylistic element of the audiovisual design, designated as the (preliminary) shock point, constitutes a defining stylistic trait of the sci-fi horror genre’s spectacle. This article will seek to show that this stylistic element functions as a priming mechanism, playing with spectators’ expectations of the scary spectacle in sci-fi horror films as well as with their knowledge of the genre.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTidsskrift for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)97-109
StatePublished - 2013

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