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Acoustic Startles in Horror Films

A Neurofilmological Approach

Valerio Sbravatti

stronger effect than the emotional quality of auditory information (music)” as regards any of the considered emotions “except the case of fear” ( 2011: 84 ; see also Parker and Heerema 2008: 2 ). This article examines the “acoustic blast” ( Coulthard

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Ted Nannicelli

which film engages the audience both consciously and on a preconscious, automatic, bodily level. In Sbravatti's article, the specific topic of focus is how “acoustic blasts” elicit the startle response that, in the context of horror films, is