If this year’s horror movies are any proof, what you hear can be just as terrifying, if not more, than what you see. That’s partly thanks to a film’s composer, who has the explicit ability to take both the social, physical, metaphorical, and even unnatural and weird elements of a story and turn them into tangible, audible emotion.
In the specific case of horror movies, what the most essential emotion composers are tasked with both illustrating and producing is fear – a general feeling that can encompass everything from dread and horror. anxiety to painful distress and restlessness.
But with the wide range of horror films, how a composer imbues that terror and creates a sonic soundscape for the horrors of a story that will also get inside the heads (and under the skin) of its viewers, can be quite different from the following. .
Ultimately, a film’s mix of genres, its location, its characters, whose perspective it centers and more can influence a film’s music just as much as a film’s musical background, line-up and style. of its composer.
Amid slew of horror movies coming out this year, eight composers behind 2022 movies Barbaric, Bodies, bodies, bodies, Costs, Good night mom, pearl, The black phone, The menu and Umma discuss how they have addressed fear in their scores.