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How Horror Filmmakers Succeed (and Fail) at Using Darkness in Their Movies

9 March 2020

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How Horror Filmmakers Succeed (and Fail) at Using Darkness in Their Movies

As children, darkness held everything that made us fearful of the world around us. Horror filmmakers know this, which is why they use it to terrify us in our adulthoods like the sadists they are. 

But how, exactly, do they manage to pull it off? Is it as simple as killing the lights and playing eery music? What cinematic techniques do filmmakers use to make darkness one of the most popular tropes in horror film?

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