The art of anticipation is what allows The Shining to be classified as a horror film. Though laced with typical scary themes such as murder associated with the hotel, ghost twins, and special powers that foreshadow events, The Shining elevates its fear factor level by incorporating suspenseful music primarily composed of dissonance. The most prominent part, in my opinion, that highlights the importance of properly scoring a film, is when Danny enters the maze to avoid his father’s ax. The music eludes to a death or a climaxing creepy point, however the audience is fooled by the sounds as nothing ends up happening to Danny. Without the suspenseful music, The Shining would be stripped of is horror title and left as simple and odd movie without a purpose.
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