Sounds That Scare Us: Dissecting terrifying movie music

What makes music scary? We asked an expert.
Published October 29 2018

What makes scary music scary?

As Halloween approaches, we thought we’d ask Brian Jones, an assistant professor of music at Eckerd College.

He has been studying the film scores of Halloween, Jaws, Psycho and A Nightmare on Elm Street and knows exactly what composers are doing to terrify us with sound.


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