Sound Design In The Exorcist

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One of the best usage of sound design as a tool of storytelling has to be in the first sequence of The Exorcist. As a horror movie, which as a genre builds itself on the vicarious experience it provides, uses more complex patterns of sound design templates to enhance the adventure of watching the movie. Throughout the first scene, Ken Nagle lays what the audience will be the experiencing through the duration of the movie with sound design; the duel between good and evil. The Exorcist’s first sequence, the audience can hear the digging sound of the workers, which resembles the heart pounding. As the tension gets higher, the heart pound becomes faster. Afterwards, the movie follows Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow) to the marketplace where the cacophony of the marketplace overwhelms him and the audience. These sound effects delve into his psyche; it is an expressionistic view of his mind. It is full of dilemmas, conflicting thoughts which leaves him the state of confusion and inept to fully function. He knows Pazuzu statue has been found, but he doesn’t know what he is supposed to go around working around this evil creature. As the source of the noises of his mind and the voices of projected reality are mostly unknown in the chaotic…show more content…
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