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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead by Danny Draven

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CHAPTER 12THE MUSIC OF HORROR FILMS

“Nobody goes to the movies to listen to the score. the score is simply assisting them in watching the film.”

—MICHAEL KAMEN

Music is a vital accompaniment to the modern horror film. It assists in moving the story, creating excitement, and eliciting emotions. In horror films in particular, music is used to build an audience’s anticipation and fear for a specific scene or sometimes just for mood and atmosphere. Talented directors and composers know how to weave the perfect music throughout a film and not draw attention to it. Some directors are known to score their own films. Horror maestro John Carpenter directed and scored HALLOWEEN (1978) and PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987) to name just a few, and Alejandro Amenábar ...

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