CLOSE UP: The Sound of Fear

How the music of classic horror movies kept us on the edge of our seats

Friday 22 July 2022

1.30pm • St. George's Guildhall • £6 / KLCCC members £5

Join Christopher Budd, writer, teacher and musician, as he unpicks some of the techniques that make horror film music so special as a genre, and how it works specifically to unsettle and scare!

Scoring horror films requires a special touch. In no other genre is the music asked to work so hard on an audience, providing the chills that horror aficionados crave while always just being able to wrongfoot them when it matters. Composers through the decades have utilised an array of musical methods to keep viewers from getting too comfortable, and we’ll unpick some of the best here.

Suitable for ages 18+ 

Including excerpts from:
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Dracula (1958)
Taste The Blood Of Dracula (1970)
Dr Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
The Skull (1965)
The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971)
The Exorcist (1973)
Suspiria (1977)
Halloween (1978)
Friday the 13th (1980)

Book tickets for the screening of Nosferatu, with live music from Minema, at the same time as Close Up for £18.

Presented in association with  King's Lynn Community Cinema Club

St. George's Guildhall

King Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 1EU

St George's Guildhall is the largest surviving medieval guildhall in England - boasting many original and rare medieval features. The first theatre production was in 1442 and was officially reopened after an ambitious restoration in 1951, marking the start of the first King’s Lynn Festival.

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