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Terror Tracks

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Commissioned and edited to appeal to a crossover Film and Music Studies readership, Terror Tracks is an anthology that analyses the use of music and sound in the popular genre of Horror cinema. Focusing on the post-War period, contributors analyse the role of music and sound in establishing and enhancing the senses of unease, suspense and shock crucial to the genre. The anthology shows the various patterns of use an inflection in a range of scores – orchestral, popular, rock and electronic – and how these relate to non-musical sound. Lively and accessible, Terror Tracks is an important contribution to study of Horror cinema.

Published: Jul 1, 2009

Book Contributors


Section Chapter Authors
Acknowledgements and About the Authors Philip Hayward
Scoring the Edge Philip Hayward
Psycho-Analysis: Form and Function in Bernard Herrmann'’s Music for Hitchcock’'s Masterpiece James Wierzbicki
An Audiovisual Foreshadowing in Psycho Scott Murphy
Sound and Music in Hammer’s Vampire Films Michael Hannan
Creative Soundtrack Expression: Tôru Takemitsu’'s Score for Kwaidan Kyoko Koizumi
Prog Rock, the Horror Film and Sonic Excess: Dario Argento, Morricone and Goblin Tony Mitchell
Inflamed: Synthetic Folk Music and Paganism in the Island World of The Wicker Man Jon Fitzgerald, Philip Hayward
Rhythms of Evil: Exorcizing Sound from The Exorcist Mark Evans
Texas Chainsaws: Audio Effect and Iconicity Rebecca Coyle, Philip Hayward
Incorporating Monsters: Music as Context, Character and Construction in Kubrick’s The Shining Jeremy Barham
Music of the Night: Scoring the Vampire in Contemporary Film Janet K. Halfyard
Scary Movies, Scary Music: Uses and Unities of Heavy Metal in the Contemporary Horror Film Lee Barron, Ian Inglis
“Like Razors through Flesh”: Hellraiser’s Sound Design and Music Karen Collins
Spooked by Sound: The Blair Witch Project Rebecca Coyle
Popular Songs and Ordinary Violence: Exposing Basic Human Brutality in the Films of Rob Zombie Laura Wiebe Taylor
Terror in the Outback: Wolf Creek and Australian Horror Cinema Philip Hayward, Harry Minassian
The Ghostly Noise of J-Horror: Roots and Ramifications James Wierzbicki
Index Philip Hayward

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'This is as about as far-ranging an anthology as one could hope for, and the reader can only admire the sheer quantity of information and analyses contained in one volume.'
Reynold Humphries, Music, Sound and the Moving Image, 4:2, 2010

'The collection is a useful and often insightful addition to a growing body of critical literature devoted to encouraging viewers to listen to popular movies.'
Journal of American Studies of Turkey
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'Over the last three decades, literature about music used in horror films has either barely scratched the surface or failed to be balanced enough in respect to music, horror film, and horror literature scholarship. Addressing the needs of a musical and nonmusical readership, Hayward (Macquarie Univ., Sydney, Australia) attempts to rectify this situation. He collaborated with film scholars, musicologists, and music theorists, which gives this book a strong sense of continuity. In the introduction, he provides necessary historical background for those unfamiliar with horror cinema. The diversity of films covered (Psycho, The Wicker Man, The Shining, Hellraiser, among many others) will satisfy those interested in literature as well as film. All essays focus on the film as a final product with its film music--i.e., the music is not separate from but rather interacts with the soundtrack. James Wierzbicki's and Scott Murphy's opening essays on Psycho provide a much-needed musical orientation and analysis of the film; Mark Evans's essay on The Exorcist will likely inspire other studies about rhythm. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.'
M. Goldsmith, Nicholls State University, CHOICE, February 2010 Vol 47, No 6