The Uncanny in the Horror Film Soundtrack: A Study into the Scores of Howard Shore’s Videodrome and Mica Levi’s Under The Skin.
The concept of the uncanny is a common characteristic of the horror film. The films Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983) and Under The Skin (Johnathan Glazer, 2013) are examples of varying depictions of the uncanny, provoking feelings of fear that are strangely familiar and also uncertain. This study will examine how the uncanny in the horror film score is supportive of the film’s narrative.
Composed by Mica Levi, the approach for scoring Under The Skin shares several similarities to Howard Shore’s Videodrome. Through employing modernist techniques, amalgamating acoustic and electronic instrumentation, and homogenizing the score with the film’s sound design, these scores create a voicing for the Other.